James Cooper Quotes

21 James Cooper quotes:

"In America, it is indispensable that every well-wisher of true liberty should understand that acts of tyranny can only proceed from the public. The public, then, is to be watched, in this country, as, in other countries kings and aristocrats are to be watched."
Author: Cooper Quotes Category: America Quotes
"On the human imagination events produce the effects of time. Thus, he who has travelled far and seen much is apt to fancy that he has lived long; and the history that most abounds in important incidents soonest assumes the aspect of antiquity."
Author: Cooper Quotes Category: Events Quotes
"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 long as he is the repository of power, and the child inherits the wealth of the parent as a controlling law of society."
"Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party."
Author: Cooper Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Legislation Quotes
"A refined simplicity is the characteristic of all high bred deportment, in every country, and a considerate humanity should be the aim of all beneath it."
"A refined simplicity is the characteristic of all high bred deportment, in every country."
Author: Cooper Quotes Category: Country Quotes
"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."
Author: Cooper Quotes Category: Equality Quotes
"The press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master."
Author: Cooper Quotes Category: Fire Quotes
"Ignorance and superstition ever bear a close and mathematical relation to each other."
"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 borne with less important objects in view; for the press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master."
"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."
"The disposition of all power is to abuses, nor does it at all mend the matter that its possessors are a majority."
"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 opinion."
"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 power to rule, must strengthen that power by bribing the active and enterprising whom he cannot intimidate."
"No civilized society can long exist, with an active power in its bosom that is stronger than the law."
"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."
"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."
"Systems are to be appreciated by their general effects, and not by particular exceptions."
"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."
"The principal advantage of a democracy, is a general elevation in the character of the people"
Author: Cooper Quotes Category: Character Quotes

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