Although first published anonymously, news of his authorship of Common Sense spread quickly, and soon his writings became as important to winning the hearts and minds of the American colonists and ultimately winning the revolution as was the sharp sword and brave leadership of General George Washington.
"These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."
Thomas Paine, “The Crisis”, December 23rd, 1776