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William Cobbett Quotes

Learning consists of ideas, and not of the noise that is made by the mouth.
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Men fail much oftener from want of perseverance than from want of talent.

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The tendency of taxation is to create a class of persons who do not labor, to take from those who do labor the produce of that labor, and to give it to those who do not labor.

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I defy you to agitate any fellow with a full stomach.

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Never esteem men on account of their riches or their station. Respect goodness, find it where you may.

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You never know what you can do till you try.

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To be poor and independent is very nearly an impossibility.

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It is by attempting to reach the top in a single leap that so much misery is produced in the world.

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It is by attempting to reach the top at a single leap that so much misery is caused in the world.

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Freedom is not an empty sound; it is not an abstract idea; it is not a thing that nobody can feel. It means, - and it means nothing else, - the full and quiet enjoyment of your own property. If you have not this, if this be not well secured to you, you may call yourself what you will, but you are a slave.

— William Cobbett

You may twist the word freedom as long as you please, but at last it comes to quiet enjoyment of your own property, or it comes to nothing. Why do men want any of those things that are called political rights and privileges? Why do they, for instance, want to vote at elections for members of parliament? Oh! Because they shall then have an influence over the conduct of those members. And of what use is that? Oh! Then they will prevent the members from doing wrong.

— William Cobbett

He who writes badly thinks badly

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The ancient nobility and gentry of the kingdom ... have been thrust out of all public employment ... a race of merchants, and manufacturers and bankers and loan-jobbers and contractors have usurped their place.

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Free yourself from the slavery of tea and coffee and other slop kettles!

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Grammar, perfectly understood, enables us not only to express our meaning fully and clearly, but so to express it as to enable us to defy the ingenuity of man to give to our words any other meaning than that which we ourselves intend them to express.

— William Cobbett

The Christian religion, then, is not an affair of preaching, or prating, or ranting, but of taking care of the bodies as well as the souls of people; not an affair of belief and of faith and of professions, but an affair of doing good, and especially to those who are in want; not an affair of fire and brimstone, but an affair of bacon and bread, beer and a bed.

— William Cobbett

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