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James Fenimore Cooper
1789 - 1851

American novelist, author of The Last of the Mohicans (1826), The Pathfinder (1840), The Deerslayer (1841), and other works

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The American Democrat and Other Essays
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The tendencies of democracies are, in all things, to mediocrity, since the tastes, knowledge and principles of the majority form the tribunal of appeal.

1838 - from The American Democrat
Systems are to be appreciated by their general effects, and not by particular exceptions.

If newspapers are useful in overthrowing tyrants, it is only to establish a tyranny of their own.

1838 - from The American Democrat
They who have reasoned ignorantly, or who have aimed at effecting their personal ends by flattering the popular feeling, have boldly affirmed that "one man is as good as another;" a maxim that is true in neither nature, revealed morals, nor political theory.

It is the proper business of government to resist the corruptions of money, and not to depend on them.

1838 - from The American Democrat
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.

1838 - from The American Democrat