42 Total Quotes

William Cobbett Quotes

It is by attempting to reach the top in a single leap that so much misery is caused in the world
William Cobbett
#Achievement

Happiness, or misery, is in the mind. It is the mind that lives.
William Cobbett
#Happiness #English Politician

I defy you to agitate any fellow with a full stomach.
William Cobbett
#English Politician

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.
William Cobbett
#Taxes And Taxation #Country

Sit down to write what you have thought, and not to think about what you shall write.
William Cobbett
#English Politician

Men fail much oftener from want of perseverance than from want of talent
William Cobbett
#Men

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
#Class

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
#English Politician #Sex

I view the tea-drinking as a destroyer of health, an enfeebler of the frome, an engender of effeminacy and laziness, a debaucher of youth and maker of misery for old age
William Cobbett
#Health

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
#Grammar

It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent so much as the smallness of his wants
William Cobbett
#Greatness

Please your eye and plague your heart
William Cobbett
#Heart

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.
William Cobbett
#Education #Life

To be poor and independent is very nearly an impossibility
William Cobbett
#Impossibility

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.
William Cobbett
#Life

Never esteem men on account of their riches or their station. Respect goodness, find it where you may.
William Cobbett
#English Politician #Goodness

. . . for, however roguish a man may be, he always loves to deal with an honest man.
William Cobbett
#Man

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
#Desire

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
#English Politician #Age And Aging

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
#People #English Politician

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.
William Cobbett
#Men #Poverty And The Poor

Free yourself from the slavery of tea and coffee and other slopkettles
William Cobbett
#Coffee