“Whatever is my right
is also the right of another;
and it becomes my duty to guarantee
as well as possess.”
~ Thomas Paine, Rights of Man: Part 1, 1791
Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Born in Thetford, in the English county of Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 in time to participate in the American Revolution. His principal contributions were the powerful, widely read pamphlet Common Sense.