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Quotations From JAMES FENIMORE COOPER

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  • 1.
    America owes most of its social prejudices to the exaggerated religious opinions of the different sects which were so instrumental in establishing the colonies.
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. "On Prejudice," The American Democrat (1838).

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  • 2.
    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.
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. "On Deportment," The American Democrat (1838).
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    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.
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. "On Demagogues," The American Democrat (1838).

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  • 4.
    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.
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. The American Democrat, "On the Disadvantages of Democracy," (1838).
  • 5.
    The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. The American Democrat, "On the Disadvantages of Democracy," (1838).
  • 6.
    Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party.
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. The American Democrat, "On Party," (1838).
  • 7.
    The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. The American Democrat, "On Language," (1838).
  • 8.
    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.
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. "On the Press," The American Democrat.

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  • 9.
    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.
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. "On Civilization," The American Democrat (1838).

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  • 10.
    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.
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. "On American Equality," The American Democrat (1838).

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