James F. Cooper
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James F. Cooper
They who have reasoned ignorantly, or who have aimed at effecting their personal ends by flattering the popular feeling, have boldly affirmed that ‘one man…
It is the besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which the masses of men exhibit…
The disposition of all power is to abuses, nor does it at all mend the matter that its possessors are a majority.
It is a governing principle of nature, that the agency which can produce most good, when perverted from its proper aim, is most productive of…
Whenever the government of the United States shall break up, it will probably be in consequence of a false direction having been given to public…
The affairs of life embrace a multitude of interests, and he who reasons in any one of them, without consulting the rest, is a visionary…
Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party.
All that a good government aims at… is to add no unnecessary and artificial aid to the force of its own unavoidable consequences, and to…
Individuality is the aim of political liberty. By leaving the citizen as much freedom of action and of being as comports with order and the…
The very existence of government at all, infers inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior to those who are not, so…
Slavery is no more sinful, by the Christian code, than it is sinful to wear a whole coat, while another is in tatters, to eat…
It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their…
It is a misfortune that necessity has induced men to accord greater license to this formidable engine, in order to obtain liberty, than can be…
Systems are to be appreciated by their general effects, and not by particular exceptions.
No civilized society can long exist, with an active power in its bosom that is stronger than the law.
Ignorance and superstition ever bear a close and mathematical relation to each other.
The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.
A monarchy is the most expensive of all forms of government, the regal state requiring a costly parade, and he who depends on his own…
The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.
America owes most of its social prejudices to the exaggerated religious opinions of the different sects which were so instrumental in establishing the colonies.
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