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James F. Cooper

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

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

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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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Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party.

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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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The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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