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.— James F. 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.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore.
Hope is the most treacherous of all human fancies.
How easy it is for generous sentiments, high courtesy, and chivalrous courage to lose their influence beneath the chilling blight of selfishness, and to exhibit to the world a man who was great in all the minor attributes of character, but who was found wanting when it became necessary to prove how much principle is superior to policy.
The air, the water and the ground are free gifts to man and no one has the power to portion them out in parcels. Man must drink and breathe and walk and therefore each man has a right to his share of each.
Individuality is the aim of political liberty.
Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party.
Friendship that flows from the heart cannot be frozen by adversity, as the water that flows from the spring cannogt congeal in winter.
The press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master.
The expanse of the ocean is seldom seen by the novice with indifference.
I can't see no great difference atween givin' up territory afore a war, out of a dread of war, and givin' it up after a war, because we can't help it-unless it be that the last is the most manful and honourable.
Systems are to be appreciated by their general effects, and not by particular exceptions.
Commerce is entitled to a complete and efficient protection in all its legal rights, but the moment it presumes to control a country, or to substitute its fluctuating expedients for the high principles of natural justice that ought to lie at the root of every political system, it should be frowned on, and rebuked.
History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.
The flesh is sweeter, where the creature has some chance for its life;
for that reason, I always use a single ball, even if it be at a bird or a squirrel; besides, it saves lead, for, when a body knows how to shoot, one piece of lead is enough for all, except hard-lived animals.
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.
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.
Many words are in a state of mutation, the pronunciation being unsettled even in the best society, a result that must often arise where language is as variable and undetermined as the English.
The minority of a country is never known to agree, except in its efforts to reduce and oppress the majority.
What will the axemen do, when they have cut their way from sea to sea?
The disposition of all power is to abuses, nor does it at all mend the matter that its possessors are a majority.
All greatness of character is dependent on individuality.
No civilized society can long exist, with an active power in its bosom that is stronger than the law.
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.
The American doctrinaire is the converse of the American demagogue, and, in this way, is scarcely less injurious to the public. The first deals in poetry, the last in cant. He is as much a visionary on one side, as the extreme theoretical democrat is a visionary on the other.
The Americans... are almost ignorant of the art of music, one of the most elevating, innocent and refining of human tastes, whose influence on the habits and morals of a people is of the most beneficial tendency.
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.
On the human imagination events produce the effects of time.
Everybody says it, and what everybody says must be true.
These families, you know, are our upper crust, not upper ten thousand.
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 a better meal than a neighbor, or otherwise to enjoy ease and plenty, while our fellow creatures are suffering and in want.
Near the centre of that State of New York lies an extensive district of country, whose surface is a succession of hills and dales, or, to speak with greater deference to geographical definitions, of mountains and valleys.
We can all perceive the difference between ourselves and our inferiors, but when it comes to a question of the difference between us and our superiors we fail to appreciate merits of which we have no proper conceptions.
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.
The sun had not risen, but the vault of heaven was rich with the winning, softness that "brings and shuts the day," while the whole air was filled with the carols of birds, the hymns of the feathered tribe.
The very existence of government at all, infers inequality.
The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior of those who are not, so long he is the repository of power.
We live in a world of transgressions and selfishness, and no pictures that represent us otherwise can be true; though happily for human nature, gleamings of that pure spirit in whose likeness man has been fashioned, are to be seen, relieving its deformities, and mitigating, if not excusing its crimes.
The ability to discriminate between that which is true and that which is false is one of the last attainments of the human mind.
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.
It is better for a man to die at peace with himself than to live haunted by an evil conscience!
The sublimity connected with vastness, is familiar to every eye.
Chingachgook grasped the hand that, in the warmth of feeling, the scout had stretched across the fresh earth, and in that attitude of friendship these intrepid woodsmen bowed their heads together, while scalding tears fell to their feet, watering the grave of Uncas like drops of falling rain.
Should we distrust the man because his manners are not our manners, and that his skin is dark?
The disposition of all power is to abuses, nor does it at all mend the matter that its possessors are a majority. Unrestrained political authority, though it be confided to masses, cannot be trusted without positive limitations, men in bodies being but an aggregation of the passions, weaknesses and interests of men as individuals.
The sight of a coward's blood can never make a warrior tremble.
The listeners got some such insights into their past lives, as one gets into the darker parts of the woods, when a stray gleam of sunshine finds its way down to the roots of the trees.
A single glance at the map will make the reader acquainted with the position of the eastern coast of the island of Great Britain, as connected with the shores of the opposite continent.
The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.
I've heard it said that there are men who read in books to convince themselves there is a God. I know not but man may so deform his works in the settlements, as to leave that which is so clear in the wilderness a matter of doubt among traders and priests.