William Cobbett


English Journalist, Political Writer, Agriculturalist and Author

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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.

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Canada are the horns, the head, the neck, the shins, and the hoof of the ox, and the United States are the ribs, the sirloin, the kidneys, and the rest of the body.

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

Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers.

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

Please your eye and plague your heart.

A full belly to the laborer was, in my opinion, the foundation of public morals and the only source of real public peace.

I began my editorial career with the presidency of Mr. Adams, and my principal object was to render his administration all the assistance in my power. I flattered myself with the hope of accompanying him through [his] voyage, and of partaking in a trifling degree, of the glory of the enterprise; but he suddenly tacked about, and I could follow him no longer. I therefore waited for the first opportunity to haul down my sails.

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

All is vulgar, all clumsy, all dull, all torpid inanity.

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

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.

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.

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English Journalist, Political Writer, Agriculturalist and Author