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Richard Cobden (3 June 1804 – 2 April 1865) was a British manufacturer and Radical and Liberal statesman, associated with John Bright in the formation of the Anti-Corn Law League as well as with the Cobden–Chevalier Treaty. He has been called "the greatest classical-liberal thinker on international affairs" by historian Ralph Raico."

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  • ''I believe it has been said that one copy of The Times contains more useful information than the whole of the historical works of Thucydides.''
    Richard Cobden (1804-1865), British radical politician. speech, Dec. 27, 1850.
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  • ''The progress of freedom depends more upon the maintenance of peace, the spread of commerce, and the diffusion of education, than upon the labours of cabinets and foreign offices.''
    Richard Cobden (1804-1865), British radical politician. Speech, June 26, 1850, to the House of Commons.
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