Thomas Paine


Born
in Thetford, Norfolk, England
February 09, 1737

Died
June 08, 1809

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Thomas Paine was an English-American political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of two highly influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called "a corset maker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination".

Born in Thetford, England, in the county of Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin, arriving just in time to participate in the American Revolution. His principal contributions were the powerful, widely read pamphlet Common Sense (1776),
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Common Sense

3.98 avg rating — 29,294 ratings — published 1776 — 3567 editions
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Rights of Man

4.03 avg rating — 9,460 ratings — published 1791 — 169 editions
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The Age of Reason

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The Crisis

3.94 avg rating — 425 ratings — published 1776 — 158 editions
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Rights of Man and Common Sense

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“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”
Thomas Paine, A Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal on the Affairs of North America

“These are the times that try men's souls.”
Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

“To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.”
Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

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Common Sense by Thomas Paine, 64 pages, 1776
 
  84 votes, 28.1%

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 104 pages, 1941
 
  80 votes, 26.8%

 
  59 votes, 19.7%

 
  52 votes, 17.4%

Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, 128 pages, 1955
 
  24 votes, 8.0%

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