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American novelist
(1789 - 1851)

A soul,--a spark of the never-dying flame that separates man from all the other beings of earth.
      - [Soul]

Death is appalling to those of the most iron nerves, when it comes quietly and in the stillness and solitude of night.
      - [Death]

Everybody says it, and what everybody says must be true.
      - [Gossip]

Hope is the most treacherous of all human fancies.
      - [Hope]

If the newspapers are useful in overthrowing tyrants, it is only to establish a tyranny of their own.
      - [Newspapers]

Individuality is the aim of political liberty.
      - [Individuality]

No star seemed less than what science has taught us that it is.
      - [Stars]

Superstition is a quality that seems indigenous to the ocean.
      - [Superstition]

The sun had not risen, but the vault of heaven was rich with the winning, softness that "brings and shuts the day," while the whole air was filled with the carols of birds, the hymns of the feathered tribe.
      - [Dawn]

This is grand! 'tis solemn! 'tis an education of itself to look upon!
      - [Landscape]

On the human imagination, events produce the effects of time.
      - The Deerslayer [Books (First Lines)]

In the midst of the awful stillness with which such a burst of feeling, coming as it did, from the two most renowned warriors of that region, was received, Tamenund lifted his voice to disperse the multitude.
  "It is enough", he said. "Go, children of the Lenape, the anger of the Manitou is not done. Why should Tamenund stay? The pale faces are masters of the earth, and the time of the red men has not yet come again. My day has been too long. In the morning I esaw the sons of Unamis happy and strong; and yet, before the has come, have I lived to see the last warrior of the wise race of the Mohicans".
      - The Last of the Mohicans
        [Books (Last Lines)]

It was a feature peculiar to the colonial wars of North America, that the toils and dangers of the wilderness were to be encountered before the adverse hosts could meet. A wide and apparently an impervious boundary of forests severed the possessions of the hostile provinces of France and England. The hardy colonist, and the trained European who fought at his side, frequently expended months in struggling against the rapids of the streams, or in effecting the rugged passes of the mountains, in quest of an opportunity to exhibit their courage in a more martial conflict.
      - The Last of the Mohicans
        [Books (First Lines)]

The sublimity connected with vastness, is familiar to every eye.
      - The Pathfinder [Books (First Lines)]

A single glance at the map will make the reader acquainted with the position of the eastern coast of the island of Great Britain, as connected with the shores of the opposite continent.
      - The Pilot [Books (First Lines)]

Near the centre of that State of New York lies an extensive district of country, whose surface is a succession of hills and dales, or, to speak with greater deference to geographical definitions, of mountains and valleys.
      - The Pioneers [Books (First Lines)]

Much was said and written, at the time, concerning the policy of adding the vast regions of Louisiana, to the already immense, and but half-tenanted territories of the United-States.
      - The Prairie [Books (First Lines)]

No one, who is familiar with the bustle and activity of an American commercial town, would recognise, in the repose which now reigns in the ancient mart of Rhode Island, a place that, in its day, has been ranked amongst the most important ports along the whole line of our extended coast.
      - The Red Rover [Books (First Lines)]

It was near the close of the year 1780 that a solitary traveler was seen pursuing his way through one of the numerous little valleys of Westchester.*
  [*As each state of the American Union has its own counties, it often happens that there are several which bear the same name. The scene of this tale is in New York, whose county of Westchester is the nearest adjoining to the city.]
      - The Spy [Books (First Lines)]

Those families, you know, are our upper crust, not upper ten thousand.
      - The Ways of the Hour (ch. VI) [Society]

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