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.
Nature Agency Produce
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.
Ignorance and superstition ever bear a close and mathematical relation to each other.
Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party.
Corrupt Vicious Purpose
America owes most of its social prejudices to the exaggerated religious opinions of the different sects which were so instrumental in establishing the colonies.
Exaggerated Prejudices Establishing
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.
Belongs Quality Frame
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.
Shall False Having
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.
No civilized society can long exist, with an active power in its bosom that is stronger than the law.
Exist Power Than
Systems are to be appreciated by their general effects, and not by particular exceptions.
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.
Rest Who Control
The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.
Common Effect Turgid