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  • ''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 (1762-1835), British journalist, reformer. letter, Feb. 10, 1804.
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  • ''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.''
    William Cobbett (1762-1835), British journalist, reformer. English Grammar, letter 17 (1817).
  • ''... 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.''
    William Cobbett (1762-1835), British author, publisher, Member of Parliament. Life and Adventures of Peter Porcupine, p. 22, London, The Nonesuch Press (1927).
  • ''As to politics, we were like the rest of the country people in England; that is to say, we neither knew nor thought any thing about the matter.''
    William Cobbett (1762-1835), British author, publisher, Member of Parliament. Life and Adventures of Peter Porcupine, p. 21, London, The Nonesuch Press (1927).
  • ''Men of integrity are generally pretty obstinate, in adhering to an opinion once adopted.''
    William Cobbett (1762-1835), British author, publisher, Member of Parliament. Life and Adventures of Peter Porcupine, p. 23, London, The Nonesuch Press (1927).
  • ''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.''
    William Cobbett (1762-1835), British author, publisher, Member of Parliament. Life and Adventures of Peter Porcupine, p. 28, London, The Nonesuch Press (1927). The Autobiography of William Cobbett: The Progress of a Plough-boy to a Seat in Parliament, ch. 2, p. 28, Faber and Faber Limited (1933).
  • ''A full belly to the labourer was, in my opinion, the foundation of public morals and the only source of real public peace.''
    William Cobbett (1762-1835), British author, publisher, Member of Parliament. Political Register. The Autobiography of William Cobbett: The Progress of a Plough-boy to a Seat in Parliament, ch. 12, pp. 185-186, Faber and Faber Limited (1933).
  • ''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 resolved that [my children] should be bred up in it too.''
    William Cobbett (1762-1835), British author, publisher, Member of Parliament. Advice to Young Men, p. 241. The Autobiography of William Cobbett: The Progress of a Plough-boy to a Seat in Parliament, ch. 8, p. 99, Faber and Faber Limited (1933).
  • ''... for, however roguish a man may be, he always loves to deal with an honest man.''
    William Cobbett (1762-1835), British author, publisher, Member of Parliament. The Autobiography of William Cobbett: The Progress of a Plough-boy to a Seat in Parliament, ch. 5, p. 57, letter, Philadelphia, July 6, 1794, to Rachel Smithers, Faber and Faber Limited (1933).
  • ''Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers.''
    William Cobbett (1762-1835), British journalist, reformer. "To a Father," letter 5, Advice to Young Men and to Young Women (1829, repr. 1930). Cobbett added, "with regard to young women, everlasting book- reading is absolutely a vice...."

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