James Agee

1909 - 1955

A Quote by James Agee on confusion

The mere attempt to examine my own confusion would consume volumes.

James Agee (1909 - 1955)

Source: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941)

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A Quote by James Agee on circumstances, death, insanity, mind, and purity

He used this great, sad, motionless face to suggest various related things: a one-track mind near the track's end of pure insanity; mulish imperturbability under the wildest of circumstances; how dead a human being can get and still be alive . . .

James Agee (1909 - 1955)

Source: On deadpan comedian Buster Keaton, "Comedy's Greatest Era" reprinted in Life, Fall 1986.

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A Quote by James Agee

Now is the night one blue dew.

James Agee (1909 - 1955)

Source: A Death in the Family, 1957, Knoxville, Summer 1915

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A Quote by James Agee on children, circumstances, god, goodness, ideas, life, parenthood, and responsibility

In every child who is born, under no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again: and in him, too, once more, and of each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life; toward the utmost idea of goodness, of the horror of terror, and of God.

James Agee (1909 - 1955)

Source: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941)

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A Quote by James Agee on boredom, children, and intelligence

Children, taught either years beneath their intelligence or miles wide of relevance to it, or both: their intelligence becomes hopelessly bewildered, drawn off its centers, bored, or atrophied.

James Agee (1909 - 1955)

Source: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, with Walker Evans, 1941.

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A Quote by James Agee on children, life, and time

. We are talking now of summer evenings in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the time that I lived there so successfully disguised to myself as a child.

James Agee (1909 - 1955)

Source: Quoted by Laurence Bergreen James Agee, 1984.

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A Quote by James Agee on action, guidance, health, individuality, joy, liberty, medicine, understanding, weapons, and world

. Understanding, and action proceeding from understanding and guided by it, is one weapon against the world's bombardment, the one medicine, the one instrument by which liberty, health, and joy may be shaped . . . in the individual, and in the race.

James Agee (1909 - 1955)

Source: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941)

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A Quote by James Agee on education, environment, health, insanity, and needs

As a whole part of "psychological education" it needs to be remembered that a neurosis can be valuable; also that "adjustment" to a sick and insane environment is of itself not "health" but sickness and insanity.

James Agee (1909 - 1955)

Source: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, with Walker Evans, 1941.

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A Quote by James Agee on order

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When he ran from a cop, his transitions from accelerating walk to easy jog trot to brisk canter to headlong gallop to flogged-piston sprint . . . were as distinct and as soberly in order as an automatic gearshift.

James Agee (1909 - 1955)

Source: On deadpan comedian Buster Keaton, "Comedy's Greatest Era" reprinted in Life, Fall 1986.

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A Quote by James Agee on belief and god

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God doesn't believe in the easy way.

James Agee (1909 - 1955)

Source: The Book of Southern Wisdom, by Criswell Freeman, 1994.

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