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Richard Cobden Quotes


A British manufacturer and Radical and Liberal statesman.
(1804 - 1865)

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A newspaper should be the maximum of information, and the minimum of comment.
 

At all events, arbitration is more rational, just, and humane than the resort to the sword.
 

But it is my happiness to be half Welsh, and that the better half.
 

For every credibility gap there is a gullibility gap.
 

For the progress of scientific knowledge will lead to a constant increase of expenditure.
 

From 1836, down to last year, there is no proof of the Government having any confidence in the duration of peace, or possessing increased security against war.
 

I am no party man in this matter in any degree; and if I have any objection to the motion it is this, that whereas it is a motion to inquire into the manufacturing distress of the country, it should have been a motion to inquire into manufacturing and agricultural distress.
 

I am not accustomed to pay fulsome compliments to the English, by telling them that they are superior to all the world; but this I can say, that they do not deserve the name of cowards.
 

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.
 

I came here as a practical man, to talk, not simply on the question of peace and war, but to treat another question which is of hardly less importance - the enormous and burdensome standing armaments which it is the practice of modern Governments to sustain in time of peace.
 

I cannot separate the finances of India from those of England. If the finances of the Indian Government receive any severe and irreparable check, will not the resources of England be called upon to meet the emergency, and to supply the deficiency?
 

I confess that for fifteen years my efforts in education, and my hopes of success in establishing a system of national education, have always been associated with the idea of coupling the education of this country with the religious communities which exist.
[Communities]
 

I consider the temperance cause the foundation of all social and political reform.
[Temperance]
 

I have been particularly struck with the overwhelming evidence which is given as to the fitness of the natives of India for high offices and employments.
 

I therefore declare, that if you wish any remission of the taxation which falls upon the homes of the people of England and Wales, you can only find it by reducing the great military establishments, and diminishing the money paid to fighting men in time of peace.
 

In Holland, they have come to precisely the same conclusion. There they have adopted a system of secular education, because they have found it impracticable to unite the religious bodies in any system of combined religious instruction.
[Bodies]
 

It has been one of my difficulties, in arguing this question out of doors with friends or strangers, that I rarely find any intelligible agreement as to the object of the war.
 

Luck is ever waiting for something to turn up. Labor, with keen eyes and strong will, will turn up something. Luck lies in bed, and wishes the postman would bring him the news of a legacy. Labor turns out at six o'clock, and with busy pen or ringing hammer lays the foundation of a competence. Luck whines. Labor whistles. Luck relies on chance. Labor on character.
[Luck]
 

Luck relies on chance, labor on character.
 

On the contrary, all the world would point to that nation as violating a treaty, by going to war with a country with whom they had engaged to enter into arbitration.
 


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