James Gould Cozzens quote

"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 that draws along the ordinary uncertain man, who soon confuses his own interest and his own safety with that of the leader."

James Gould Cozzens

Born: August 19, 1903

Die: August 9, 1978

Occupation: Novelist

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