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Common Sense
Common Sense | Thomas Paine
Enormously popular and widely read pamphlet, first published in January of 1776, clearly and persuasively argues for American separation from Great Britain and paves the way for the Declaration of Independence. This highly influential landmark document attacks the monarchy, cites the evils of government and combines idealism with practical economic concerns.
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My first read of 2019. I‘m giving it a pick because I think it‘s important that we are well versed in our country‘s history - and that includes the racism and sexism of the founding ideas. I don‘t believe the founders or their influencers are beyond reproach- we can appreciate what they did brilliantly, but we must also deal with what they got wrong or we‘ll never move forward.

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You have to meet a book where it lives, not where you want it to be. After this was mentioned in several of the presidential biographies I‘d read, I thought I should read it. When I take off my 21st Century glasses and think like someone in the 1700‘s, I understand how this pamphlet reignited (and in some cases ignited) passion for independence from Great Britain. There was a LOT going on in this time period and it was interesting to read this.

TrishB That‘s a very good comment when you‘re dealing with sexism, racism and bigotry in general for older books! 9mo
AshleyHoss820 @TrishB It‘s difficult when reading and those issues come up. 😕 I‘ve found it easier to remember when the book was written. 😊 9mo
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AshleyHoss820
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Paine with the burn!

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This political piece using the appeal of religious zeal and hatred of “the other” is painful to read, though he does make a sound argument to fell the divine right of kings. Also, the morbid irony of his criticism against the so-called “slavery” the British colonists experience under the King‘s rule and William the Conqueror‘s invasion of England “against the consent of the natives...” I really want to smack him with his hypocrisy. @SerialReader

Trashcanman I bailed on this one. I just couldn't hang with it. 11mo
Megara @Trashcanman I can‘t blame you! It took me a long time to get through it. I could complain about Common Sense all day long. Haha 11mo
Megara Note: you have to dig through his biblical references and anti-semitism to actually find an argument against monarchy that flows. 11mo
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Ddzmini Yes we all need this 😋📖 12mo
Kalalalatja 🙌🙌🙌 yes! 12mo
Eggs Thanks for commenting ❣️❣️. @Kalalalatja @Ddzmini (edited) 12mo
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ReadingEnvy And immediately I start singing, 'I've been reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine. Some men might say that I'm intense or I'm insane."..... 2y
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chroniclesofabookworm
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Received this copy of COMMON SENSE by Thomas Paine, originally published in 1776, from Jes Lyons over at @HarperCollins // @WilliamMorrow and I cannot get over how beautiful this cover is 😍
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I also cannot get over the fact that the review on the cover is from the Schuyler sisters. Heyyyyy Hamilton reference 👋🏼
#coverlove #book #books #commonsense #thomaspaine #hamilton #hamiltonmusical #schuylersisters #firstpost

crescentmoonreads I NEED THIS VERSION NOW 2y
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MrBook Nice pic! Welcome to @Litsy ! We hope you enjoy your stay 😊👍🏻. I think you're going to like it here 😉🙌🏻. It's the most positive, tight-knit, passionate community of bibliophiles 😎👌🏻! Prepare yourself: this will take over your life 😂👏🏻. 2y
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knp4597
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Ye that dare oppose!

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Well-written essay on the reasons the colonists need to break away from Britain. I can see why this was such a popular essay.

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rachellayown
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Interesting book mail today.

OrangeMooseReads 👍🏽👍🏽 2y
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2y
ReadingEnvy Haha I love the blurb 2y
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Billypar Looks like they're using the restored original cover. 2y
rachellayown Interesting @Billypar ! I hadn't realized. I don't like the cover and wondered about why they used it, but that makes sense! 2y
Billypar @rachellayown Ack - sorry my online conversational ineptitude strikes again. My comment should have had a 😋 attached to it... It's not to my knowledge the original cover: I had the same reaction as you- it seems so strange compared to the material. Though who knows... Our founding fathers were strange folk in some ways 😃 2y
rachellayown @Billypar Yeah, it's a strange cover. Ugly and unfitting! But yes, perhaps it is the original. Funny! 2y
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"For myself, I fully and conscientiously believe, that it is the will of the Almighty, that there should be a diversity of religious opinions among us: it affords a larger field for our Christian kindness." -- Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Texreader I ❤️ Thomas Paine! Great quote. 2y
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"The reformation was preceded by the discovery of America, as if the Almighty graciously meant to open a sanctuary to the persecuted in future years, when home should afford neither friendship or safety." From Common Sense by Thomas Paine. I wonder whether those in government have read this when they seek to deny people from other countries asylum.

Texreader Nice 2y
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I just felt like I needed to read this. It was genuinely interesting. I was worried that I might find it boring.

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Because I have no self control, I've left my mystery 🕵🏻‍♀️ story in the living room and gone to bed with this and my poetry. If I read fiction in bed, I stay up way too late. 🤓

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rohit-sawant
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All three things mentioned in the last quote are in short supply of late.

vivastory "Common sense isn't common"-Bertrand Russell 3y
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Gina
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Hello piece of history. How you fascinate me so... Best part, I found it in an old school news paper.

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My 100th book of year 2016!

Paine is a product of his time. I think his writings regarding the independence of the US are fascinating, but you do have to put up with some prejudices. I'd still recommend it, however, for those interested in philosophy or US history, or those who are American citizens. 😜 #ReadHarder2016 #bookinpolitics

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Interesting reread during this election season. Does it have some flaws? Sure. Does it still inspire? Absolutely.

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Angeles
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From the book that started America:
"Suspicion is the companion of mean souls and the bane of all good society"
I own two editions, one of them a facsimile and never tire of its direct, clear, logical style

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“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.” - Thomas Paine. I picked up four books from the @penguinbooks “Great Ideas” series at The Abbey Bookshop in Paris last week. I couldn‘t wait to crack the spine on “Common Sense” after discussing it with the owner of the shop.

MrBook Love this 😊👍🏻! 3y
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jdtchicago
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For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have the right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others forever, and tho' himself might deserve some decent degree of honours of his cotemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them.

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"I've been reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine so men say that I'm intense or I'm insane . . ."

A little assigned reading for election season, and the Hamilton fans among us.

BookishMarginalia Pretty editions! 3y
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On William the Conqueror: "A French bastard landing with an armed banditti, and establishing himself king of England against the consent of the natives, in plain terms a paltry rascally original."
Love this language...makes me smile with delight!

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The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.

#mostanticipatedreads#booktober
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Emmy was not pleased I was paying attention to my books rather than her. She likes to snug them, toss them on the floor, then jump in my lap.

Laura317 Emmy looks as if she's saying, "you KNOW I'm better than any book!" ? 3y
kspenmoll @Laura317 She is very convincing. Loves to knock books out of my hands and move right in! 3y
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jdtchicago
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A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.

[DELETED] 2852984487 Still so true. 3y
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Nomad_Student
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After struggling w/an early draft of #BookBingoNW2016 for about 10min in June, I decided Post-Its were the way to go, letting me change my mind & plan ahead. 14 down, 6 IDd/started, & a few more to pick. At least 6 overlaps w/my #2016BookRiotReadHarderChallenge list makes me extra happy! (What's that? Working for a #library system has turned my book-nerdishness up to 11 to the nth power, you say? Well, maybe, but it's not like I had far to go.)

Nomad_Student Also, Common Sense is definitely by Thomas Paine. But this edition has an introduction by Diana Gabaldon, which is pretty awesome. 3y
MrBook Great job and idea with the post-its 😊👏🏻 3y
Nomad_Student Thanks, @MrBook! Sometimes my version of organization looks like a disaster zone, but it works for me. 😊 3y
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Mielkehm
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..yeah...my dad is a state/national lobbyist...

Twocougs Those are beautiful 3y
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E.H.Kern
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Today is July 4. 240 years ago this year this book caused quite a stir.