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James Fenimore Cooper

 

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  • Quotes about criticism and history
  • “History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.”
  • James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans

 

  • Quotes about history, churches, judith
  • James Fenimore Cooper

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • “Then as to churches, they are good, I suppose, else wouldn’t good men uphold’ em. But they are not altogether necessary. They call ’em the temples of the Lord; but, Judith, the whole ‘arth is a temple of the Lord to such as have the right mind. Neither forts nor churches make people happier of themselves. Moreover, all is contradiction in the settlements, while all is concord in the woods. Forts and churches almost always go together, and yet they’re downright contradictions; churches being for peace, and forts for war. No, no–give me the strong places of the wilderness, which is the trees, and the churches, too, which are arbors raised by the hand of nature.” 
  • James Fenimore Cooper

 

  • Quotes about prejudice, self worth
  • “tis hard to live in a world where all look upon you as below them.”
  • James Fenimore Cooper, The Deerslayer

 

  • Quotes about individuality, mediocrity
  • “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 Fenimore Cooper

 

  • Quotes about fiction, love, dates, paradoxical
  • “An interesting fiction… however paradoxical the assertion may appear… addresses our love of truth- not the mere love of facts expressed by true names and dates, but the love of that higher truth, the truth of nature and principals, which is a primitive law of the human mind.”
  • James Fenimore Cooper

 

  • Quotes about woodsmen, feeling, friendship, life
  • “Chingachgook grasped the hand that, in the warmth of feeling, the scout had stretched across the fresh earth, and in that attitude of friendship these intrepid woodsmen bowed their heads together, while scalding tears fell to their feet, watering the grave of Uncas like drops of falling rain.”
  • James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans

 

  • Quotes about learning, lessons, mistakes
  • “Every trail has its end, and every calamity brings its lesson!”
  • James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans

 

  • Quotes about bible, providence
  • “God planted the seeds of all the trees,” continued Hetty, after a moment’s pause, “and you see to what a height and shade they have grown! So it is with the Bible. You may read a verse this year, and forget it, and it will come back to you a year hence, when you least expect to remember it.”
  • James Fenimore Cooper, The Deerslayer

 

 

 

  • Quotes about education, humility, youth
  • “Your young white, who gathers his learning from books and can measure what he knows by the page, may conceit that his knowledge, like his legs, outruns that of his fathers’, but, where experience is the master, the scholar is made to know the value of years, and respects them accordingly.”
  • James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans

 

  • Quotes about Last of the Mohicans, books, God, priests
  • “I’ve heard it said that there are men who read in books to convince themselves there is a God. I know not but man may so deform his works in the settlements, as to leave that which is so clear in the wilderness a matter of doubt among traders and priests.”
  • James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans

 

  • Quotes about Last of the Mohicans, warrior, happy and strong
  • “My day has been too long. In the morning I saw the sons of the Unamis happy and strong; and yet, before the sun has come, have I lived to see the last warrior of the wise race of the Mohicans.”
  • James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans

 

  • Quotes about criticsm
  • “Tis a strange calling!’ muttered Hawkeye, with an inward laugh, ‘to go through life, like a catbird, mocking all the ups and downs that may happen to come out of other men’s throats.”
  • James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans

 

  • Quotes about anxiety, hurry
  • “The novice in the military art flew from point to point, retarding his own preparations by the excess of his violent and somewhat distempered zeal; while the more practiced veteran made his arrangements with a deliberation that scorned every appearance of haste”
  • James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans

 

  • Quotes about evil, justice, punishment
  • “Is it justice to make evil, and then punish for it?”
  • James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans

 

  • Quotes about novel
  • “No! You stay alive! Submit, do you hear? You’re strong, you survive. You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you . . . (Hawkeye / The Last of the Mohicans) 97”
  • James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans

 

  • Quotes about evironmental, inspirational, zen
  • “…it should be remembered that men always prize that most which is least enjoyed.”
  • James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans

 

  • Quotes about death, wealth, youth
  • “You are young, and rich, and have friends, and at such an age I know it is hard to die!”
  • James Fenimore Cooper, Last of the Mohicans

 

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