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A collection of quotes and sayings by James Fenimore Cooper on books, pioneer, facts, Mohicans, last, power, law, opinions, colonies, law, society and expectations.

35 Thought-Provoking Quotes By James Fenimore Cooper

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Famous As: Writer

Born On: September 15, 1789

Died On: September 14, 1851

Born In: Burlington, New Jersey

Died At Age: 61

James Fenimore Cooper was an illustrious American writer who created a unique form of American literature by blending Indian life and historical romances of frontier. He served as a midshipman in the U.S navy before embarking on his career as a writer. He remained a member of ‘Episcopal Church’ throughout his life and generously contributed towards it in his later years. He shot to fame with his novel, ‘The Spy’. He has expressed his thoughts and writings through a number of sea-stories. ‘Leatherstocking Tales’, five historical novels of the frontier times, remains his best work. Another famous work, which is regarded a masterpiece, is the romantic novel titled ‘The Last Of The Mohicans’. Read through the quotable quotes and sayings by James Fenimore Cooper which have been excerpted from his writings, books, stories, thoughts, work and life. Go through the quotes and thoughts by James Fenimore Cooper that will give you a glimpse of his prolific mind.
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History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.

James Fenimore Cooper

Tis hard to live in a world where all look upon you as below them.

James Fenimore 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 Fenimore Cooper

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore.

James Fenimore Cooper

Every trail has its end, and every calamity brings its lesson!

James Fenimore Cooper

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 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, breath, and walk - and therefore each has a right to his share of earth.

James Fenimore Cooper

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

It is the fate of all things to ripen, and then to decay.

James Fenimore Cooper

...it should be remembered that men always prize that most which is least enjoyed.

James Fenimore Cooper

A man without conscience is but a poor creature...

James Fenimore Cooper

Whatever may be the changes produced by man, the eternal round of the seasons is unbroken.

James Fenimore Cooper

You are young, and rich, and have friends, and at such an age I know it is hard to die!

James Fenimore Cooper

We are all human, and all do wrong.

James Fenimore Cooper

Patience is the greatest of virtues in a woodsman.

James Fenimore 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 Fenimore Cooper

And am I answerable that thoughtless and unprincipled men exist whose shades of contenance may resemble mine?

James Fenimore Cooper

Advice is not a gift, but a debt that the old owe to the young.

James Fenimore Cooper

Is it justice to make evil, and then punish for it?

James Fenimore Cooper

In short, the magnifying influence of fear began to set at naught the calculations of reason, and to render those who should have remembered their manhood, the slaves of the basest passions.

James Fenimore Cooper

All places that the eye of heaven visits/ Are to a wise man ports and happy havens:/ Think not the king did banish thee:/ But thou the king. --Richard II

James Fenimore Cooper

It is better for a man to die at peace with himself than to live haunted by an evil conscience!

James Fenimore Cooper

It's wisest always to be so clad that our friends need not ask us for our names.

James Fenimore Cooper

...nothing that crawls the earth is for my sport.

James Fenimore Cooper

The deer that goes too often to the lick meets the hunter at last!

James Fenimore Cooper

Where are the blossoms of those summers!-fallen, one by one: so all of my family departed, each in his turn, to the land of the spirits.

James Fenimore Cooper

I care not for your envy, or your hypocrisy, or even for your human nature.

James Fenimore Cooper

The woods are but the ears of the Almighty, the air is his breath, and the light of the sun is little more than a glance of his eye.

James Fenimore Cooper

Even the robin and the martin come back, year after year, to their old nests; shall a woman be less true hearted than a bird?

James Fenimore Cooper

...every period of life has its necessities, and at forty-seven it's just as well to trust a little to the head.

James Fenimore Cooper

...that dog is more to be trusted than many a Christian man; for he never forgets a friend, and loves the hand that gives him bread.

James Fenimore Cooper

I do not pretend that all that white men do is properly Christianized...

James Fenimore Cooper

...the Evil Spirit delights more to dwell in an artful body, than in one that has no cunning to work upon.

James Fenimore Cooper

Mankind twist and turn the rules of the Lord, to suit their own wickedness, when their devilish cunning has had too much time to trifle with His command.

James Fenimore Cooper

My eyes are true and as delicate as a hummingbird's in the day; but they are nothing worth boasting of by starlight.

James Fenimore Cooper