James Agee (1909-1955) American poet, journalist, novelist, screenwriter

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This continent, an open palm spread frank before the sky. - James Agee

Well, now, some people learn a little quicker than others. It's nice to learn fast but it's nice to take your time too. (A Death in the Family) - James Agee

Some people get where they hope to in this world. Most of us don't. - James Agee

Isn't every human being both a scientist and an artist; and in writing of human experience, isn't there a good deal to be said for recognizing that fact and for using both methods? (Let Us Now Praise Famous Men) - James Agee

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

In every child who is born, under no matter what circumstances, and no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again. - James Agee

You must be in tune with the times and prepared to break with tradition. - James Agee

It is a peculiar part of the good photographer's adventure to know where luck is most likely to lie in the stream, to hook it, and to bring it in without unfair play and without too much subduing it. - James Agee

Several tons of dynamite are set off in this picture - none of it under the right people. - James Agee