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RICHARD COBDEN
English politician, statesman and free trade advocate
(1804 - 1865)

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.
      - in a speech at the Manchester Athenaeum, Dec. 27, 1850
        [Journalism]

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 change. Labor on character.
      - [Luck]

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.
      - Letter to M. Michel Chevalier, Sep., 1859
        [Statesmanship]


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