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William Cobbett Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Oct 2020
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Men fail much oftener from want of perseverance than from want of talent
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.
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
You never know what you can do till you try.
Women are a sisterhood. They make common cause in behalf of the sex; and, indeed, this is natural enough, when we consider the vast power that the law gives us over them.
To be poor and independent is very nearly an impossibility.
The very hirelings of the press, whose trade it is to buoy up the spirits of the people. have uttered falsehoods so long, they have played off so many tricks, that their budget seems, at last, to be quite empty.
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.
The power which money gives is that of brute force; it is the power of the bludgeon and the bayonet.
Sit down to write what you have thought, and not to think about what you shall write.
Please your eye and plague your heart.
Never esteem men on account of their riches or their station. Respect goodness, find it where you may.
Men of integrity are generally pretty obstinate, in adhering to an opinion once adopted.
Men fail much oftener from want of perseverance than from want of talent.
It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.
I defy you to agitate any fellow with a full stomach.
Happiness, or misery, is in the mind. It is the mind that lives.
From a very early age I had imbibed the opinion that it was every man's duty to do all that lay in his power to leave his country as good as he had found it.
Another great evil arising from this desire to be thought rich; or rather, from the desire not to be thought poor, is the destructive thing which has been honored by the name of speculation; but which ought to be called Gambling.
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 read, beer and a bed.
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