"Others can rule, many can fight, but only Thomas Paine
can write for us the English tongue!"
-- Benjamin Franklin
"With his name left out, the history of liberty
cannot be written"
-- Robert G. Ingersoll
"I consider Paine to be our greatest political thinker!"
-- Thomas A. Edison
"How many Americans know that Tom Paine inspired the Declaration of Independence? Not many,
you may be sure. Tom Paine was the forerunner of Abraham Lincoln. He called for the abolition of
Negro slavery in 1775, long before Lincoln was born. Paine stood for universal education and for
free schools for all children. Paine believed that women should be classed as men's equals in human
affairs as early as 1775. He was born a century before the world was prepared to accept and
cherish his conceptions of human freedom and the rights of mankind. That is why his name has been
blackened all these years. We often hear of people coming too late, but it is equally disastrous to
come too soon."
-- W.E. Woodward
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