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Nathaniel Hawthorne
July 4, 1804 - May 19, 1864
Nationality: American
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: American Novelist

A stale article, if you dip it in a good, warm, sunny smile, will go off better than a fresh one that you've scowled upon.


You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it.


Life is made up of marble and mud.


We must not always talk in the market-place of what happens to us in the forest.


Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.


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.


Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments.


A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world.


The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.


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.


Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale.


No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.


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.


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.


Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.


Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.


Moonlight is sculpture.


A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.


Time flies over us, but leaves it shadow behind.


We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.


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