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They who have reasoned ignorantly, or who have aimed
by James F. Cooper

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.
- James F. Cooper

The disposition of all power is to abuses,
nor does it at all mend the matter that its possessors are a majority.
- James F. Cooper

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.
- James F. Cooper

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 F. Cooper

 

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 F. Cooper

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.
- James F. Cooper

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.
- James F. Cooper

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No civilized society can long exist,
with an active power in its bosom that is stronger than the law.
- James F. Cooper

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

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

The tendency of democracies is, in all things,
to mediocrity.
- James F. Cooper

Ignorance and superstition ever bear a close and mathematical relation to each other.
- James F. Cooper

Systems are to be appreciated by their general effects,
and not by particular exceptions.
- James F. Cooper

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 F. Cooper

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.
- James F. Cooper

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 F. Cooper

A monarchy is the most expensive of all forms of government,
the regal state requiring a costly parade,
and he who depends on his own power to rule,
must strengthen that power by bribing the active and
enterprising whom he cannot intimidate.
- James F. Cooper

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.
- James F. Cooper

The affairs of life embrace a multitude of interests,
and he who reasons in any one of them,
without consulting the rest, is a visionary unsuited
to control the business of the world.
- James F. Cooper

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

Individuality is the aim of political liberty.
By leaving the citizen as much freedom of action and
of being as comports with order and the rights of others,
the institutions render him truly a freeman.
He is left to pursue his means of happiness in his own manner.
- James F. Cooper

Time is a monster that cannot be reasoned with.
It responds like a snail to our impatience,
then it races like a gazelle when you can't catch a breath.
- the movie Simon Birch

Time is a monster that cannot be reasoned with..
- the movie Simon Birch

It is useless for us to attempt to reason a man
out of a thing he has never been reasoned into.
- Jonathan Swift

The frightening thought that what you draw may become
a building makes for reasoned lines.
- Saul Steinberg

Reasoned arguments and suggestions which make allowance
for the full difficulties of the state of war that exists may help,
and will always be listened to with respect and sympathy.
- Stafford Cripps

The scientific spirit is of more value than its products,
and irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
- Thomas Huxley

One cannot comprehend Him through reason,
even if one reasoned for ages.
- Guru Nanak

Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
- Thomas Huxley

A person possessed with an idea cannot be reasoned with.
- James Anthony Froude

The more a race is governed by its passions,
the less it has acquired the habit of cautious and reasoned argument,
the more intense will be its love of music.
- Stendhal

I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of
two things I had a right to,
liberty or death; if I could not have one,
I would have the other.
- Harriet Tubman

One of the things being in politics has taught me is
that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex.
- Margaret Thatcher

Therefore, I reasoned that study of the cell cycle
responsible for the reproduction of cells was important
and might even be illuminating about the nature of life.
- Paul Nurse

I think it is very difficult today to have a reasoned
public discourse on any controversial subject.
Certainly, election years present a complicating factor.
- John Poindexter

The danger of what's happening right now in terms of using reconciliation is,
the purpose of the Senate is going to be defeated.
And that is to bring consensus to big issues in this
country so that we have a reasoned and thoughtful approach
and that the American public buys into it.
- Tom Coburn

The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read With loads of
learned lumber in his head.
- Alexander Pope

Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed
at changing existing situations into preferred ones.
- Herbert Simon

If it's true that our species is alone in the universe,
then I'd have to say that the universe
aimed rather low and settled for very little.
- George Carlin

In the 66 years that I have been alive,
there has not been one hour, of one day,
of one month, of one year, when there has not been a threat aimed at us.
- Frederick Forsyth

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.
- Friedrich Engels

A well-aimed spear is worth three.
- Tad Williams

I may have aimed too high sometimes,
asked too much of myself and demanded too little from those around me.
- Agnetha Faltskog

People have been killing because of racial differences
since the time of Adam and Eve,
but in this country racism has been primarily aimed at African Americans.
- Bob Cousy

Cosmoe is nearing the stage where I would feel comfortable
doing a preliminary release aimed at developers.
- Bill Hayden

The film is a romance with songs and dances,
aimed at a family audience.
- Sanjay Dutt

I aimed at the Archduke.
I do not remember what I thought at that moment.
- Gavrilo Princip

The policy of the house of Austria, which aimed at
destroying the independence of Hungary as a state,
has been pursued unaltered for three hundred years.
- Lajos Kossuth

Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds
it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.
- Joseph Stalin

Yet the march toward freedom is not without its hazards
or its casualties and the threats of violence aimed
at Iraqis who participate in the election will be dealt with accordingly.
- Jim Gerlach

There is one question that I don't think Gary Condit can answer,
and that I think is why we all aimed at Gary Condit,
besides the fact that he has a relationship.
- Barbara Olson

In speaking, for convenience, of devices and expedients,
I did not intend to imply that Shakespeare always deliberately
aimed at the effects which he produced.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

Major religions are examples of 'noble lies' aimed
at uplifting human stature.
- Jack Miller

There are many programs specifically aimed at helping
people in poverty start a business.
- Matthew Lesko

Treachery is noble when aimed at tyranny.
- Pierre Corneille

In my preaching the shafts are ever aimed at the brainwashed horde.
- Powell Clayton

Sept.
11 represented a terrorist attack aimed at destroying
everything that America stands for -
our freedoms and our way of life.
- John Whitehead

We must have a relentless commitment to producing a meaningful,
comprehensive energy package aimed at conservation,
alleviating the burden of energy prices on consumers,
decreasing our country's dependency on foreign oil,
and increasing electricity grid reliability.
- Paul Gillmor

War is murder.
And the military preparations now being made for a
potential major confrontation are aimed at collective murder.
In a nuclear age the victims would be numbered by the millions.
This naked truth must be faced.
- Alva Myrdal

I worked with the March of Dimes to enact legislation
for a national birth defects prevention program to provide surveillance,
research and preventive services aimed at reducing
the rate of birth defects.
- Solomon Ortiz

Quite simply, federal laws already on the books aimed
at stopping the flow of illegal immigration must be enforced.
Furthermore, states must be given the resources necessary to confront the problem,
which includes strengthening the border patrol.
- Allen West

When the Nobel award came my way, it also gave me an
opportunity to do something immediate and practical about my old obsessions,
including literacy, basic health care and gender equity,
aimed specifically at India and Bangladesh.
- Amartya Sen

But it is important to observe that when Europe or
the United Nations impose sanctions that are supposed
to be aimed against a certain regime,
usually generally millions of people end up being directly punished.
- Omar Bongo

Naturalism aimed at giving the primitive wishes full
play but failed because these wishes are too primitive,
too infantile, too inconsistent with themselves to
be satisfied even by the greatest license.
- John Desmond Bernal

There is no such thing as a Mass Mind.
The Mass Audience is made up of individuals,
and good advertising is written always from one person to another.
When it is aimed at millions it rarely moves anyone.
- Fairfax Cone

Your political system is actually too democratic.
The fact that Americans vote on every bill and proposition
can prolong bigotry indefinitely,
especially where it is aimed at minority groups.
- George Michael

In celebration of this Earth Day, I encourage all Members
of the House to support legislation aimed at investing
in the improvement of water quality in our Nation's lakes,
rivers, streams and estuaries.
- Jerry Costello

As a mom, I know it is my responsibility,
and no one else's, to raise my kids.
But we have to ask ourselves, what does it mean when
so many parents are finding their best efforts undermined
by an avalanche of advertisements aimed at our kids.
- Michelle Obama

Since Europe is dependent on imports of energy and
most of its raw materials,
it can be subdued, if not quite conquered,
without all those nuclear weapons the Soviets have
aimed at it simply through the shipping routes and
raw materials they control.
- Barbara Amiel

But we must not try to drive the Indians too fast in effecting these changes.
- George Crook

Birth-control is effecting, and promising to effect,
many functions in our social life.
- Havelock Ellis


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