Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes


53 Nathaniel Hawthorne quotes:



"No author, without a trial, can conceive of the difficulty of writing a romance about a country where there is no shadow, no antiquity, no mystery, no picturesque and gloomy wrong, nor anything but a commonplace prosperity, in broad and simple daylight, as is happily the case with my dear native land."
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"Eager souls, mystics and revolutionaries, may propose to refashion the world in accordance with their dreams; but evil remains, and so long as it lurks in the secret places of the heart, utopia is only the shadow of a dream"
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"A bodily disease which we look upon as whole and entire within itself, may, after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part."
"Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love."
"In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it."
"You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it."
"Moonlight is sculpture."
"The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits."
"Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature."
"What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one's self !"
"My fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who should entertain an idea of committing suicide, and, altogether beyond his hopes, meet with the good hap to be murdered."
"Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. If they are wholly restrained, love will die at the roots."
"Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."
"Love, whether newly born, or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, this it overflows upon the outward world."
"Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal."
"Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments."
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"Life is made up of marble and mud."
"All brave men love; for he only is brave who has affections to fight for, whether in the daily battle of life, or in physical contests."
"The only sensible ends of literature are, first, the pleasurable toil of writing; second, the gratification of one's family and friends; and lastly, the solid cash."
"Time flies over us, but leaves it shadow behind."



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