Richard Cobden quotes

  • The people of the two nations [French and English] must be brought into mutual dependence by the supply of each other's wants. There is no other way of counteracting the antagonism of language and race. It is God's own method of producing an entente cordiale, and no other plan is worth a farthing.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Two #Race #People

  • A newspaper should be the maximum of information, and the minimum of comment.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Information #Should #Newspapers

  • For every credibility gap there is a gullibility gap.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Gaps #Credibility #Gullibility

  • Let it never be forgotten that it is not by means of war that states are rendered fit for the enjoyment of constitutional freedom; on the contrary, whilst terror and bloodshed reign in the land, involving men's minds in the extremities of hopes and fears, there can be no process of thought, no education going on, by which alone can a people be prepared for the enjoyment of rational liberty.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #War #Mean #Men

  • Wars have ever been but another aristocratic mode of plundering and oppressing commerce.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #War #Commerce

  • 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.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Country #War #Engagement

  • 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.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Country #Party #Men

  • 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

    #Believe #Historical #Information

  • The problem to solve is, whether a single or a double government would be most advantageous; and, in considering that point, I am met by this difficulty - that I cannot see that the present form of government is a double government at all.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Government #Would Be #Problem

  • People who eat potatoes will never be able to perform their abilities in whatever job they choose to have.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Jobs #People #Able

  • This great oracle of the East India Company himself admits that, if there is no power vested in the Court of Directors but that of the patronage, there is really no government vested in them at all.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Government #East #Oracles

  • Treaties of peace, made after war, are entrusted to individuals to negotiate and carry out.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #War #Individual #Made

  • Luck is always waiting for something to turn up. Labor, with keen eyes and strong will, always turns up something. Luck lies in bed and wishes the postman will bring 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.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Strong #Work #Lying

  • I've seen the smiling of Fortune beguiling, I've felt all its favours and found its decay; Sweet was its blessing, kind its caressing, But now it is fled, fled far, far away.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Sweet #Blessing #Favour

  • the twelve or fifteen millions in the British Empire, who, while they possess no electoral rights, are yet persuaded they are freemen, and who are mystified into the notion that they are not political bondmen, by that great juggle of the ' English Constitution ' a thing of monopolies, and Church-craft, and sinecures, armorial hocus-pocus, primogeniture, and pageantry!
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Rights #Political #Church

  • The idea of defending, as integral parts of our Empire, countries 10,000 miles off, like Australia, which neither pay a shilling to our revenue...nor afford us any exclusive trade...is about as quixotic a specimen of national folly as was ever exhibited.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Country #Ideas #Australia

  • the principles of political economy have elevated the working class above the place they ever filled before.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Class #Political #Principles

  • I believe that the harm which Mill has done to the world by the passage in his book on Political Economy in which he favours the principle of Protection in young communities, has outweighed all the good which may have been caused by his other writings.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Believe #Book #Writing

  • Cobden was the greatest statesman and prophet of the century. His speeches are an inspiration. A man whose disciple I am willing to confess I am.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Inspiration #Men #Speech

  • 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.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Religious #Body #Found

  • 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.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Military #Fall #Home

  • 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.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Office #Employment #India

  • 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

    #Freedom #Office #Progress

  • Luck relies on chance, labor on character.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Character #Luck #Chance

  • Look not to the politicians; look to yourselves.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Liberty #Looks #Politician

  • The landlords are not agriculturists; that is an abuse of terms which has been too long tolerated.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Long #Abuse #Term

  • 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.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #War #Doors #Agreement

  • Peace will come to earth when the people have more to do with each other and governments less.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Government #People #Earth

  • But it is my happiness to be half Welsh, and that the better half.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Half #Welsh

  • 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?
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Government #Emergencies #England

  • You may keep Turkey on the map of Europe, you may call the country by the name of Turkey if you like, but do not think you can keep up the Mahommedan rule in the country.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Country #Thinking #Turkeys

  • I hold all idea of regulating the currency to be an absurdity; the very terms of regulating the currency and managing the currency I look upon to be an absurdity; the currency should regulate itself; it must be regulated by the trade and commerce of the world; I would neither allow the Bank of England nor any private banks to have what is called the management of the currency.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Ideas #Looks #World

  • 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.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #War #Years #Government

  • 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.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Names #Coward #World

  • 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.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Country #Religious #Ideas

  • I took the repeal of the Corn Laws as light amusement compared with the difficult task of inducing the priests of all denominations to agree to suffer the people to be educated.
    -- Richard Cobden

    #Light #Law #People

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