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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by James Fenimore Cooper Found in: Scandal Quotes,
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It is the besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which read more

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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Friendship that flows from the heart cannot be frozen by adversity, as the water that flows from the spring cannot read more

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

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

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

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If we would have civilization and the exertion indispensable to its success, we must have property; if we have property, read more

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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Candor is a proof of both a just frame of mind and of a good tone of breeding. It is read more

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.

by James Fenimore Cooper Found in: Candor Quotes,
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All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes read more

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.

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