James Gould Cozzens

Born: August 19, 1903

Die: August 9, 1978

Occupation: Novelist

Quotes of James Gould Cozzens

James Gould Cozzens

The innocent supposition, entertained by most people, that even if they are not brilliant, they are not dumb, is correct only in a very relative sense.

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James Gould Cozzens

A cynic is just a man who found out when he was ten that there wasn't any Santa Claus, and he's still upset.

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James Gould Cozzens

When you can, always advise people to do what you see they really want to do. Doing what they want to do, they may succeed; doing what they don't want to do, they won't

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James Gould Cozzens

Real rebels are rarely anything but second rate outside their rebellion; the drain of time and temper is ruinous to any other accomplishment.

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James Gould Cozzens

In the present, every day is a miracle.

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James Gould Cozzens

Bailey might not have great intelligence or abilities, but his whole aim, thought and study was that of the born leader--to look out for himself; and he did it with that born-leader's confidence and intensity...

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James Gould Cozzens

I can't read ten pages of Steinbeck without throwing up.

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James Gould Cozzens

The first test of ability and intelligence is to find a field of endeavor in which profits are large and risks small.

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James Gould Cozzens

I meditate and put on a rubber tire with three bottles of beer. Most of the time I just sit picking my nose and thinking.

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