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Thomas Paine

While in France, Thomas Paine wrote The Age of Reason (1793-94), which advocated deism, described the Bible as fallible and took issue with Christian doctrines.
  American Revolutionary leader and pamphleteer (born in England) who supported the American colonist’s fight for independence and supported the French Revolution (1737-1809)
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While in prison, Paine escaped execution apparently by chance. A guard walked through the prison placing a chalk mark on the doors of the prisoners who were due to be condemned that day. He placed one on the door of the Paine’s cell, but did not notice that the door was open. After the door was closed, the mark was hidden inside the cell. Hence, he was overlooked, and survived the few vital days needed to be spared by the fall of Robespierre on 9 Thermidor (27 July 1794). Paine was released in November 1794 largely because of the work of the new American Minister to France, James Monroe.  (retrieved 6/08)
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  • While in France, Thomas Paine wrote The Age of Reason (1793-94), which advocated deism, described the Bible as fallible and took issue with Christian doctrines.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Thomas Paine and Ben Franklin, for instance.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • It was here, Robert, at the very core of this young American nation, that our brightest forefathers—John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Paine—all warned of the profound dangers of interpreting the Bible literally.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol

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  • The hard-headed Dundee owner was a staunch admirer of Thomas Paine whose book in rejoinder to Burke’s arraignment of the French Revolution had then been published for some time and had gone everywhere.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Thomas Paine It was the night after Hendrick was kicked out that I reached my lowest slump at Camp Currie.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • This he attributed in good part to the pamphlet Common Sense, published earlier in the year, the author of which, Thomas Paine, was as yet unknown.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Adams had accused Thomas Paine of being better at tearing down than building.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • THOMAS PAINE ON THE DAY JAPANESE BOMBS surprised the sailors at Pearl Harbor there was a six-year spread among the flagraisers-to-be.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The birth of a new nation was at hand, perhaps truly, as Thomas Paine had written, a new world.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams

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  • The anonymous author was revealed to be a down-at-the-heels English immigrant, Thomas Paine, who had landed at Philadelphia a year earlier with little more than a letter of introduction from Benjamin Franklin.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • It was Adams, and the damage done was extreme, given the overwhelming popularity of both Thomas Paine and the French Revolution.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Two sides had formed, the Federalists, who wanted a strong federal government, and the Anti-Federalists, who held to the sentiment of Thomas Paine, "That government is best which governs least."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Thomas Paine, The Crisis December 1776
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • A fellow named Thomas Paine wrote the little book.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • "With a handful of men we sustained an orderly retreat," wrote Thomas Paine in The Crisis, which soon appeared in Philadelphia.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • As Nathanael Greene wrote to Thomas Paine, "The two late actions at Trenton and Princeton have put a very different face upon affairs."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • In furious response to Edmund Burke’s book Reflections on the Revolution in France, Thomas Paine, who was then in England, had produced a pamphlet, The Rights of Man, that attacked Burke and set forth an impassioned defense of human rights, liberties, and equality.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • To add further fuel to the fire, Thomas Paine, in a fury over the Jay Treaty, unleashed an unprecedented attack on George Washington in the pages of the Aurora.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • But of greatest importance, as time would tell, was the impression made on Thomas Paine, the author of Common Sense, who had recently volunteered to serve as a civilian aide on Greene’s staff.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • These are the times that try men’s souls," wrote Thomas Paine, who was with the retreating army.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Once, in 1776, writing to Abigail about Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, Adams had said of Paine that he was "a better hand at pulling down than building.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Thomas Paine [6] , John Hancock [5] , Patrick Henry [5] , Paul Revere [5] , Benedict Arnold [6] , John Paul Jones [8]
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