Top 25 William Cobbett Quotes

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“Men fail much oftener from want of perseverance than from want of talent.”

― William Cobbett

“The power which money gives is that of brute force; it is the power of the bludgeon and the bayonet.”

― William Cobbett

“You never know what you can do till you try.”

― William Cobbett

“Sit down to write what you have thought, and not to think about what you shall write.”

― William Cobbett

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

― William Cobbett

“Please your eye and plague your heart.”

― William Cobbett

“The great security of all is to eat little and to drink nothing that intoxicates. He that eats till he is full is little better than a beast, and he that drinks till he is drunk is quite a beast.”

― William Cobbett

“Happiness, or misery, is in the mind. It is the mind that lives.”

― William Cobbett

“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.”

― William Cobbett

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

― William Cobbett

“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.”

― William Cobbett

“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.”

― William Cobbett

“It is not the greatness of a man’s means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.”

― William Cobbett

“To be poor and independent is very nearly an impossibility.”

― William Cobbett

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

― William Cobbett

“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.”

― William Cobbett

“Men of integrity are generally pretty obstinate, in adhering to an opinion once adopted.”

― William Cobbett

“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.”

― William Cobbett

“There never yet was, and never will be, a nation permanently great, consisting, for the greater part, of wretched and miserable families.”

― William Cobbett

“To live well, to enjoy all things that make life pleasant, is the right of every man who constantly uses his strength judiciously and lawfully.”

― William Cobbett

“To be without sure and safe friends in the world makes life not worth having; and whom can we be so sure of as of our children?”

― William Cobbett

“The taste of the times is, unhappily, to give to children something of book-learning, with a view of placing them to live, in some way or other, upon the labour of other people.”

― William Cobbett

“To have a dutiful family, the father’s principle of rule must be love, not fear. His sway must be gentle, or he will have only an unwilling and short-lived obedience.”

― William Cobbett

“Endless are the instances of men of bright parts and high spirit having been, by degrees, rendered powerless and despicable by their imaginary wants.”

― William Cobbett

“Never – no, not for one moment – believe that any human being, with sense in his skull, will love or respect you on account of your fine or costly clothes.”

― William Cobbett
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