“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.”
–Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
American political theorist & writer
In early 1776, Thomas Paine published the best-selling pamphlet Common Sense. It sold more than 500,000 copies (before the Internet), influenced the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and set the stage for The American Revolution (some pretty powerful words).