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James Fenimore Cooper
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"On the human imagination, events produce the effects of time."
- The Deerslayer
 
"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 "
 
"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. "
 
"The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms."
 
"The press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master."
 
"Principles . . . become modified in practice, by facts."
 
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