James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper
James Fenimore Cooper
  • Born: September 15, 1789
  • Died: September 14, 1851
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer









James Fenimore Cooper was an American writer of the first half of the 19th century. His historical romances draw a picture of frontier and American Indian life in the early American days which created a unique form of American literature. He lived most of his life in Cooperstown, New York, which was founded by his father William on property that he owned. Cooper was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and contributed generously to it. He attended Yale University for three years, where he was a member of the Linonian Society.

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… the history that most abounds in important incidents soonest assumes the aspect of antiquity. History
All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. Human Nature
As a class, merchants will always be opposed to the control of majorities. Business, Commerce & Finance
In a democracy, as a matter of course, every effort is made to seize upon and create publick opinion, which is, substantially, securing power. Public Opinion & Polling
Individuality is the aim of political liberty Freedom & Liberty
It was the tribes of the Lenni Lenape!... It was but yesterday that the children of the Lenape were masters of the world. Minorities & Women
Principles . . . become modified in practice, by facts. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Should we distrust the man because his manners are not our manners, and that his skin is dark? Discrimination & Prejudice
The air, the water and the ground are free gifts to man and no one has the power to portion them out in parcels. Man must drink and breathe and walk and therefore each man has a right to his share of each. Freedom & Liberty
The Lexington of the Sea War & Peace
The press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master. Media, Journalism & The Press
The very existence of government implies inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior of those who are not, as long as he is the repository of power. Equality & Equal Opportunity
All sacrifices of common sense, and all recourse to plausible political combinations, whether of individuals or of men, are uniformly made at the expense of the majority.
Battles, unlike bargains, are rarely discussed in society. Society
I can never tire of speaking of the bridges of Paris. By day and by night have I paused on them to gaze at their views; the word not being too comprehensive for the crowds and groupings of objects that are visible from their arches.
I sometimes wish I had been educated a Catholic, in order to unite the poetry of religion with its higher principles. Are they necessarily inseparable? Is man really so much of a philosopher, that he can conceive of truth in its abstract purity, and divest life and the affections of all the aids of the imagination? Truth ;Life ;Religion & God
It is not a very difficult task to make what is commonly called an amusing book of travels. Any one who will tell, with a reasonable degree of graphic effect, what he has seen, will not fail to carry the reader with him; for the interest we all feel in personal adventure is, of itself, success. Success
Knowledge is the parent of knowledge. He who possesses most of the information of his age will not quietly submit to neglect its current acquisitions, but will go on improving as long as means and opportunities offer; while he who finds himself ignorant of most things, is only too apt to shrink from a labour which becomes Herculean. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Paris enjoys a high reputation for the style of its public edifices, and, while there is a very great deal to condemn, compared with other capitals, I think it is entitled to a distinguished place in this particular.
The European who comes to America plunges into the virgin forest with wonder and delight; while the American who goes to Europe finds his greatest pleasure, at first, in hunting up the memorials of the past. Each is in quest of novelty, and is burning with the desire to gaze at objects of which he has often read.

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