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WILLIAM COBBETT
English politician, agriculturist, journalist and author
(1763 - 1835)

Free yourself from the slavery of tea and coffee and other slopkettles.
      - [Coffee : Tea]

It is by attempting to reach the top at a single leap that so much misery is produced in the world.
      - [Ambition]

It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.
      - [Independence]

Men fail much oftener from want of perseverance than from want of talent.
      - [Failure]

Old Lady of Threadneedle Street.
      - referring to a bank as an elderly lady in the city
        [Proverbial Phrases]

Poverty is, except where there is an actual want of food and raiment, a thing much more imaginary than real. The shame of poverty--the shame of being thought poor--it is a great and fatal weakness, though arising in this country, from the fashion of the times themselves.
      - [Poverty]

The smallness of our desires may contribute reasonably to our wealth.
      - [Riches]


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