Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes


53 Nathaniel Hawthorne quotes:



"Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart! Else it may be their miserable fortune, when some mightier touch than their own may have awakened all her sensibilities, to be reproached even for the calm content, the marble image of happiness, which they will have imposed upon her as the warm reality."
"Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale."
"Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature."
"Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments."
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"A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world."
"We must not always talk in the market-place of what happens to us in the forest."
"What we call real estate - the solid ground to build a house on - is the broad foundation on which nearly all the guilt of this world rests."
"She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom!"
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"Mankind are earthen jugs with spirits in them."
"A pure hand needs no glove to cover it."
"It contributes greatly towards a man's moral and intellectual health, to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate."
"A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats."
"Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love."
"The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits."
"The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed."
"In the depths of every heart, there is a tomb and a dungeon, though the lights, the music, and revelry above may cause us to forget their existence, and the buried ones, or prisoners whom they hide. But sometimes, and oftenest at midnight, those dark receptacles are flung wide open. In an hour like this, when the mind has a passive sensibility, but no active strength; when the imagination is a mirror, imparting vividness to all ideas, without the power of selecting or controlling them; then pray that your grieves may slumber, and the brotherhood of remorse not break their chain."
"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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"Is it a fact -- or have I dreamt it -- that, by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time?"
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"It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility. from The Scarlet Letter"
"Man's own youth is the world's youth; at least he feels as if it were, and imagines that the earth's granite substance is something not yet hardened, and which he can mould into whatever shape he likes."
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