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25 Famous Quotes by James Fenimore Cooper
9/15/1789 - 9/14/1851
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James Feminore Cooper     J. Cooper     James F Cooper
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The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity, since the tastes, knowledge, and principles of the majority form the tribunal of appeal.

Politics / government Quotes, by James Fenimore Cooper

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Those families, you know, are our upper crust, not upper ten thousand.

Society Quotes, by James Fenimore Cooper , Source: The Ways of the Hour (ch. VI)

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Friendship that flows from the heart cannot be frozen by adversity, as the water that flows from the spring cannot congeal in winter.

Friendship Quotes, by James Fenimore Cooper

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The press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master.

Journalism Quotes, by James Fenimore Cooper

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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 tyranny.

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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 their tyranny.

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The disposition of all power is to abuses, nor does it at all mend the matter that its possessors are a majority.

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Equality, in a social sense, may be divided into that of condition, and that of rights. Equality of condition is incompatible with civilization, and is found only to exist in those communities that are but slightly removed from the savage state. In practice, it can only mean a common misery.

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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 is as good as another;" a maxim that is true in neither nature, revealed morals, nor political theory.

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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 abstain from fortifying and accumulating social inequality as a means of increasing political inequalities.

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...no civilized society can long exist, with an active power in its bosom that is stronger than the law.

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...Although the political liberty of this country is greater than that of nearly every other civilized nation, its personal liberty is said to be less. In other words, men are thought to be more under the control of extra-legal authorities, and to defer more to those around them, in pursuing even their lawful and innocent occupations, than in almost every other country.

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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 rights of others, the institutions render him truly a freeman. He is left to pursue his means of happiness in his own manner.

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In America, it is indispensable that every well wisher of true liberty should understand that acts of tyranny can only proceed from the publick. The publick, then, is to be watched, in this country, as, in other countries kings and aristocrats are to be watched.

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Systems are to be appreciated by their general effects, and not by particular exceptions.

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If we would have civilization and the exertion indispensable to its success, we must have property; if we have property, we must have its rights; if we have the rights of property, we must take those consequences of the rights of property which are inseparable from the rights themselves.

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The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.

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Candor is a proof of both a just frame of mind and of a good tone of breeding. It is a quality that belongs equally to the honest ;man and to the gentleman.

Candor Quotes, by James Fenimore Cooper

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The minority of a country is never known to agree, except in its efforts to reduce and oppress the majority.

Minority Quotes, by James Fenimore Cooper

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Ignorance and superstition ever bear a close and mathematical relation to each other.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by James Fenimore Cooper

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All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by James Fenimore Cooper

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Everybody says it, and what everybody says must be true.

Scandal Quotes, by James Fenimore Cooper

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Whenever the government of the United States shall break up, it will probably be in consequence of a false direction having been given to publick opinion. This is the weak point of our defenses, and the part to which the enemies of the system will direct all their attacks. Opinion can be so perverted as to cause the false to seem the true; the enemy, a friend, and the friend, an enemy; the best interests of the nation to appear insignificant, and trifles of moment; in a word, the right the wrong, and the wrong the right.

Society Quotes, by James Fenimore Cooper

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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 unsuited to control the business of the world.

Society Quotes, by James Fenimore Cooper

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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 evil. It behooves the well-intentioned, therefore, vigorously to watch the tendency of even their most highly prized institutions, since that which was established in the interests of the right, may so easily become the agent of the wrong.

Society Quotes, by James Fenimore Cooper

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