“Men who look upon themselves born to reign,
and others to obey, soon grow insolent.
Selected from the rest of mankind,
their minds are early poisoned by importance;
and the world they act in
differs so materially from the world at large,
that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests,
and when they succeed in the government
are frequently the most ignorant and
unfit of any throughout the dominions.”
~ Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
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.