Thomas Paine’s Apartment at 10, rue de l’Odeon The plaque says: Thomas PAINE, 1737-1809, English by birth, American by adoption, French by decree, lived in this building from 1797 to 1802. He applied his passion for liberty to the service of the French Revolution, was made a deputy of the Convention and wrote The Rights of Man. The quote seems to be a questionable translation of the last line of the The Age of Reason: … certain as I am that when opinions are free, either in matters of government or religion, truth will finally and powerfully prevail. Thomas Paine lived at 10, rue de l’Odeon between 1797 and 1802. Next door is the site of Sylvia Beach’s “Shakespeare & Company”.