#DailyBookQuote : 5th April 2014
– Thomas Paine (Feb 09, 1737 – Jun 08, 1809)
– Common Sense
You may find the habit of reading books boring, there are some books which are very boring but then there are some which are highly interesting to read, but throughout history, you will find few books which have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives and destroyed them.
This book called Common Sense is from a series of works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are. Published anonymously in 1776, six months before the Declaration of Independence and birth of United States of America, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense was a radical and impassioned call for America to free itself from British rule and set up an independent republican government. Savagely attacking hereditary kingship and aristocratic institutions, Paine urged a new beginning for his adopted country in which personal freedom and social equality would be upheld and economic and cultural progress encouraged. His pamphlet was the first to speak directly to a mass audience. It went through fifty-six editions within a year of publication and its assertive and often caustic style both embodied the democratic spirit he advocated, and converted thousands of citizens to the cause of American independence.