William Cobbett

William
Cobbett
1766
1835

English Journalist, Political Writer, Agriculturalist and Author

Author Quotes

As to the power which money gives, it is that of brute force, it is the power of the bludgeon and the bayonet, and of the bribed press, tongue and pen.

I was a countryman and a father before I was a writer on political subjects... Born and bred up in the sweet air myself, I was re solved that [my children] should be bred up in it too.

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.

Be you in what line of life you may, it will be amongst your misfortunes if you have not time properly to attend to pecuniary (monetary) matters. Want of attention to these matters has impeded the progress of science and of genius itself.

I would have these good people to recollect, that the laws of this country hold out to foreigners an offer of all that liberty of the press which Americans enjoy, and that, if this liberty be abridged, by whatever means it may be done, the laws and the constitution, and all together, is a mere cheat; a snare to catch the credulous and enthusiastic of every other nation; a downright imposition on the world.

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.

But I do not remember ever having seen a newspaper in the house; and, most certainly, that privation did not render us less industrious, happy, or free.

It is no small mischief to a boy, that many of the best years of his life should be devoted to the learning of what can never be of any real use to any human being. His mind is necessarily rendered frivolous and superficial by the long habit of attaching importance to words instead of things; to sound instead of sense.

To be poor and independent is very nearly an impossibility

But what is to be the fate of the great wen of all? The monster, called, by the silly coxcombs of the press, the metropolis of the empire?

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.

To suppose such a thing possible as a society, in which men, who are able and willing to work, cannot support their families, and ought, with a great part of the women, to be compelled to lead a life of celibacy, for fear of having children to be starved to suppose such a thing possible is monstrous.

For, however roguish a man may be, he always loves to deal with an honest man.

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

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.

Free yourself from the slavery of tea and coffee and other slopkettles.

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

You never know what you can do till you try.

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.

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

Give me, Lord, neither poverty nor riches.

Nothing is so well calculated to produce a death-like torpor in the country as an extended system of taxation and a great national debt.

Good government is known from bad government by this infallible test: that under the former the laboring people are well fed and well clothed, and under the latter, they are badly fed and badly clothed.

Nouns of number, or multitude, such as Mob, Parliament, Rabble, House of Commons, Regiment, Court of King's Bench, Den of Thieves and the like.

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.

Author Picture
First Name
William
Last Name
Cobbett
Birth Date
1766
Death Date
1835
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English Journalist, Political Writer, Agriculturalist and Author