William Cobbett, portrait in oils, possibly by George Cooke, about 1831. National Portrait Gallery, London.
|Born||(1763-03-09)9 March 1763
Farnham, Surrey, England
|Died||18 June 1835(1835-06-18) (aged 72)
Normandy, Surrey, England
|Notable works||Rural Rides|
Men fail much oftener from want of perseverance than from want of talent.
Never esteem men on account of their riches or their station. Respect goodness, find it where you may.
It is not the greatness of a man’s means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.
Men of integrity are generally pretty obstinate, in adhering to an opinion once adopted.
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.
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.
Sit down to write what you have thought, and not to think about what you shall write.
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.
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.
The power which money gives is that of brute force; it is the power of the bludgeon and the bayonet.
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.
It is by attempting to reach the top in a single leap that so much misery is produced in the world.