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Wikipedia Summary for Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864) was an American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer. His works often focus on history, morality, and religion.

He was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, to Nathaniel Hathorne and the former Elizabeth Clarke Manning. His ancestors include John Hathorne, the only judge from the Salem witch trials who never repented his involvement. Hawthorne entered Bowdoin College in 1821, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1824, and graduated in 1825. He published his first work in 1828, the novel Fanshawe; he later tried to suppress it, feeling that it was not equal to the standard of his later work. He published several short stories in periodicals, which he collected in 1837 as Twice-Told Tales. The following year, he became engaged to Sophia Peabody. He worked at the Boston Custom House and joined Brook Farm, a transcendentalist community, before marrying Peabody in 1842. The couple moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, later moving to Salem, the Berkshires, then to The Wayside in Concord. The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels. A political appointment as consul took Hawthorne and family to Europe before their return to Concord in 1860. Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, and was survived by his wife and their three children.

Much of Hawthorne's writing centers on New England, many works featuring moral metaphors with an anti-Puritan inspiration. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, dark romanticism. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity. His published works include novels, short stories, and a biography of his college friend Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States.



Quote: 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. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

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.


Quote: It is my opinion that a man's soul may be buried and perish under a dung-heap, or in a furrow field, just as well as under a pile of money. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

It is my opinion that a man's soul may be buried and perish under a dung-heap, or in a furrow field, just as well as under a pile of money.


Quote: When we were at a little distance from the church, the bells suddenly chimed out with a most cheerful sound, and sunny as the morning. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

When we were at a little distance from the church, the bells suddenly chimed out with a most cheerful sound, and sunny as the morning.




Quote: In this republican country, amid the fluctuating waves of our social life, somebody is always at the drowning point. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

In this republican country, amid the fluctuating waves of our social life, somebody is always at the drowning point.


Quote: Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important, in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important, in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not.


Quote: How is it possible to say an unkind or irreverential word of Rome? The city of all time, and of all the world. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

How is it possible to say an unkind or irreverential word of Rome? The city of all time, and of all the world.


Quote: 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. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

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.


Quote: Faith is a grand cathedral, with divinely pictured windows -- standing without, you can see no glory, nor can imagine any, but standing within every ray of light reveals a harmony of unspeakable splendors. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Faith is a grand cathedral, with divinely pictured windows -- standing without, you can see no glory, nor can imagine any, but standing within every ray of light reveals a harmony of unspeakable splendors.


Quote: Unquestionably we do stand by our national flag as stoutly as any people in the world; and I myself have felt the heart-throb at sight of it, as sensibly as other men. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Unquestionably we do stand by our national flag as stoutly as any people in the world; and I myself have felt the heart-throb at sight of it, as sensibly as other men.


Quote: You speculate on the luxury of wearing out a whole existence in bed, like an oyster in its shell, content with the sluggish ecstasy of inaction. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

You speculate on the luxury of wearing out a whole existence in bed, like an oyster in its shell, content with the sluggish ecstasy of inaction.


Quote: Externally, the jollity of aged men has much in common with the mirth of children. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Externally, the jollity of aged men has much in common with the mirth of children.


Quote: 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? by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

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?


Quote: Not to be deficient in this particular, the author has provided himself with a moral -- the truth, namely, that the wrongdoing of one generation lives into the successive ones. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Not to be deficient in this particular, the author has provided himself with a moral -- the truth, namely, that the wrongdoing of one generation lives into the successive ones.


Quote: Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is just out of grasp. But if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is just out of grasp. But if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you.


Quote: Benevolence is the twin of pride. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Benevolence is the twin of pride.


Quote: Happiness is as a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

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


Quote: There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.


Quote: By the sympathy of your human hearts for sin ye shall scent out all the places -- whether in church, bedchamber, street. field, or forest -- where crime has been committed, and shall exult to behold the whole earth one stain of guilt, one mighty blood spot. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

By the sympathy of your human hearts for sin ye shall scent out all the places -- whether in church, bedchamber, street. field, or forest -- where crime has been committed, and shall exult to behold the whole earth one stain of guilt, one mighty blood spot.


Quote: Every individual has a place to fill in the world and it important in some respect whether he chooses to be or not. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Every individual has a place to fill in the world and it important in some respect whether he chooses to be or not.


Quote: Articulate words are a harsh clamor and dissonance. When man arrives at his highest perfection, he will again be dumb! for I suppose he was dumb at the Creation, and must go round an entire circle in order to return to that blessed state. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Articulate words are a harsh clamor and dissonance. When man arrives at his highest perfection, he will again be dumb! for I suppose he was dumb at the Creation, and must go round an entire circle in order to return to that blessed state.


Quote: In youth men are apt to write more wisely than they really know or feel; and the remainder of life may be not idly spent in realizing and convincing themselves of the wisdom which they uttered long ago. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

In youth men are apt to write more wisely than they really know or feel; and the remainder of life may be not idly spent in realizing and convincing themselves of the wisdom which they uttered long ago.


Quote: Even if I imagine a scheme of vengeance, what could I do better for my object than to let thee live -- than to give thee medicines against all harm and peril of life -- so that this burning shame may still blaze upon thy bosom? by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Even if I imagine a scheme of vengeance, what could I do better for my object than to let thee live -- than to give thee medicines against all harm and peril of life -- so that this burning shame may still blaze upon thy bosom?


Quote: So she poured out the liquid music of her voice to quench the thirst of his spirit. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

So she poured out the liquid music of her voice to quench the thirst of his spirit.


Quote: There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name. Come, devil; for to thee is this world given. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name. Come, devil; for to thee is this world given.


Quote: Of a bitter satirist -- of Swift, for instance -- it might be said that the person or thing on which his satire fell shriveled up as if the devil had spit on it. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Of a bitter satirist -- of Swift, for instance -- it might be said that the person or thing on which his satire fell shriveled up as if the devil had spit on it.


Quote: I sometimes fancy ... that Rome ... will crowd everything else out of my heart. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

I sometimes fancy ... that Rome ... will crowd everything else out of my heart.


Quote: This dull river has a deep religion of its own; so, let us trust, has the dullest human soul, though, perhaps, unconsciously. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

This dull river has a deep religion of its own; so, let us trust, has the dullest human soul, though, perhaps, unconsciously.




Quote: Though we speak nonsense, God will pick out the meaning of it. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Though we speak nonsense, God will pick out the meaning of it.


Quote: Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart.


Quote: Never was there a dingier, uglier, less picturesque city than London ... it is really wonderful that so much brick and stone, for centuries together, should have been built up with so poor a result. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Never was there a dingier, uglier, less picturesque city than London ... it is really wonderful that so much brick and stone, for centuries together, should have been built up with so poor a result.


Quote: London is like the grave in one respect -- any man can make himself at home there; and whenever a man finds himself homeless elsewhere, he had better either die or go to London. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

London is like the grave in one respect -- any man can make himself at home there; and whenever a man finds himself homeless elsewhere, he had better either die or go to London.


Quote: 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. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

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.


Quote: 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 to be obeyed. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

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 to be obeyed.


Quote: Who can tell where happiness may come, or where, though an expected guest, it may never show its face? by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Who can tell where happiness may come, or where, though an expected guest, it may never show its face?


Quote: What we need for our happiness is often close at hand, if we knew but how to seek for it. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

What we need for our happiness is often close at hand, if we knew but how to seek for it.


Quote: The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of man. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of man.




Quote: But year after year that summons, unheard but felt, was disobeyed. His one secret thought became like a chain binding down his spirit and like a serpent gnawing into his heart. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

But year after year that summons, unheard but felt, was disobeyed. His one secret thought became like a chain binding down his spirit and like a serpent gnawing into his heart.






Quote: Cannot you conceive that another man may wish well to the world and struggle for its good on some other plan than precisely that which you have laid down? by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Cannot you conceive that another man may wish well to the world and struggle for its good on some other plan than precisely that which you have laid down?


Quote: Such has often been my apathy, when objects long sought, and earnestly desired, were placed within my reach. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Such has often been my apathy, when objects long sought, and earnestly desired, were placed within my reach.


Quote: Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of Nathaniel Hawthorne quote: Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth.- black text on quotes background

Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth.




Quote: Women are safer in perilous situations and emergencies than men, and might be still more so if they trusted themselves more confidingly to the chivalry of manhood. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Women are safer in perilous situations and emergencies than men, and might be still more so if they trusted themselves more confidingly to the chivalry of manhood.


Quote: A man -- poet, prophet, or whatever be may be -- readily persuades himself of his right to all the worship that is voluntarily tendered. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

A man -- poet, prophet, or whatever be may be -- readily persuades himself of his right to all the worship that is voluntarily tendered.




Quote: Every crime destroys more Edens than our own. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Every crime destroys more Edens than our own.


Quote: If she be all tenderness, she will die. If she survive, the tenderness will either be crushed out of her, or -- and the outward semblance is the same -- crushed so deeply into her heart that it can never show itself more. The latter is perhaps the truest theory. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

If she be all tenderness, she will die. If she survive, the tenderness will either be crushed out of her, or -- and the outward semblance is the same -- crushed so deeply into her heart that it can never show itself more. The latter is perhaps the truest theory.


Quote: Unfathomable to mere mortals is the lore of fiends. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Unfathomable to mere mortals is the lore of fiends.


Quote: 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? by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

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?


Quote: A high truth, indeed, fairly, finely, and skilfully wrought out, brightening at every step, and crowning the final development of a work of fiction, may add an artistic glory, but is never

any truer, and seldom any more evident, at the last page than at the first. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of Nathaniel Hawthorne quote; white text on black background

A high truth, indeed, fairly, finely, and skilfully wrought out, brightening at every step, and crowning the final development of a work of fiction, may add an artistic glory, but is never

any truer, and seldom any more evident, at the last page than at the first.


Quote: Genius, indeed, melts many ages into one, and thus effects something permanent, yet still with a similarity of office to that of the more ephemeral writer. A work of genius is but the newspaper of a century, or perchance of a hundred centuries. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Genius, indeed, melts many ages into one, and thus effects something permanent, yet still with a similarity of office to that of the more ephemeral writer. A work of genius is but the newspaper of a century, or perchance of a hundred centuries.


Quote: Ninety-nine people out of a hundred, I suppose, would have been frightened out of their wits by the very first of his ugly shapes, and would have taken
 to their heels at once. For, one of the hardest things in this world is, to see the difference between real dangers and imaginary ones. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of Nathaniel Hawthorne quote: Ninety-nine people out of a hundred, I suppose, would have been frightened out of their wits by the very first of his ugly shapes, and would have taken
 to their heels at once. For, one of the hardest things in this world is, to see the difference between real dangers and imaginary ones.- black text on quotes background

Ninety-nine people out of a hundred, I suppose, would have been frightened out of their wits by the very first of his ugly shapes, and would have taken
to their heels at once. For, one of the hardest things in this world is, to see the difference between real dangers and imaginary ones.


Quote: Thus we see, too, in the world that some persons assimilate only what is ugly and evil from the same moral circumstances which supply good and beautiful results -- the fragrance of celestial flowers -- to the daily life of others. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Thus we see, too, in the world that some persons assimilate only what is ugly and evil from the same moral circumstances which supply good and beautiful results -- the fragrance of celestial flowers -- to the daily life of others.


Quote: Honesty and wisdom are such a delightful pastime, at another person's expense! by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Honesty and wisdom are such a delightful pastime, at another person's expense!


Quote: What would a man do, if he were compelled to live always in the sultry heat of society, and could never bathe himself in cool solitude? by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of foggy mountains

What would a man do, if he were compelled to live always in the sultry heat of society, and could never bathe himself in cool solitude?


Quote: Great men need to be lifted upon the shoulders of the whole world, in order to conceive their great ideas or perform their great deeds. That is, there must be an atmosphere of greatness round about them. A hero cannot be a hero unless in an heroic world. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Great men need to be lifted upon the shoulders of the whole world, in order to conceive their great ideas or perform their great deeds. That is, there must be an atmosphere of greatness round about them. A hero cannot be a hero unless in an heroic world.




Quote: This world owes all its forward impulses to people ill at ease. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

This world owes all its forward impulses to people ill at ease.


Quote: Last night, there came a frost, which has done great damage to my garden.... It is sad that Nature will play such tricks on us poor mortals, inviting us with sunny smiles to confide in her, and then, when we are entirely within her power, striking us to the heart. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Last night, there came a frost, which has done great damage to my garden.... It is sad that Nature will play such tricks on us poor mortals, inviting us with sunny smiles to confide in her, and then, when we are entirely within her power, striking us to the heart.


Quote: Romance and poetry, ivy, lichens and wallflowers need ruin to make them grow. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Romance and poetry, ivy, lichens and wallflowers need ruin to make them grow.


Quote: Unable to penetrate to the secret place of his soul where his motives lay hidden, he believed that a supernatural voice had called him onward, and that a supernatural power had obstructed his retreat. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Unable to penetrate to the secret place of his soul where his motives lay hidden, he believed that a supernatural voice had called him onward, and that a supernatural power had obstructed his retreat.


Quote: Labor is the curse of the world, and nobody can meddle with it without becoming proportionately brutalized. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Labor is the curse of the world, and nobody can meddle with it without becoming proportionately brutalized.


Quote: Do anything, save to lie down and die! by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Do anything, save to lie down and die!


Quote: We go all wrong by too strenuous a resolution to go right. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

We go all wrong by too strenuous a resolution to go right.


Quote: The greatest possible mint of style is to make the words absolutely disappear into the thought. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The greatest possible mint of style is to make the words absolutely disappear into the thought.


Quote: Trusting no man as his friend, he could not recognize his enemy when the latter actually appeared. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Trusting no man as his friend, he could not recognize his enemy when the latter actually appeared.


Quote: To do nothing is the way to be nothing. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

To do nothing is the way to be nothing.


Quote: The public is despotic in its temper; it is capable of denying common justice when too strenuously demanded as a right; but quite as frequently it awards more than justice, when the appeal is made, as despots love to have it made, entirely to its generosity. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The public is despotic in its temper; it is capable of denying common justice when too strenuously demanded as a right; but quite as frequently it awards more than justice, when the appeal is made, as despots love to have it made, entirely to its generosity.


Quote: There is an alchemy of quiet malice by which women can concoct a subtle poison from ordinary trifles. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

There is an alchemy of quiet malice by which women can concoct a subtle poison from ordinary trifles.


Quote: It is very queer, but not the less true, that people are generally quite as vain, or even more so, of their deficiencies than of their available gifts; as was Hepzibah of this native inapplicability, so to speak, of the Pyncheons to any useful purpose. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

It is very queer, but not the less true, that people are generally quite as vain, or even more so, of their deficiencies than of their available gifts; as was Hepzibah of this native inapplicability, so to speak, of the Pyncheons to any useful purpose.




Quote: The world surely has not another place like Oxford; it is a despair to see such a place and ever to leave it, for it would take a lifetime and more than one to comprehend and enjoy it satisfactorily. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The world surely has not another place like Oxford; it is a despair to see such a place and ever to leave it, for it would take a lifetime and more than one to comprehend and enjoy it satisfactorily.


Quote: Technologies of easy travel give us wings; they annihilate the toil and dust of pilgrimage; they spiritualize travel! Transition being so facile, what can be any man's inducement to tarry in one spot? by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Technologies of easy travel give us wings; they annihilate the toil and dust of pilgrimage; they spiritualize travel! Transition being so facile, what can be any man's inducement to tarry in one spot?




Quote: I rejoice that I could once think better of the world's improvability than it deserved. It is a mistake into which men seldom fall twice, in a lifetime; or, if so, the rarer and higher is the nature that can magnanimously persist in error. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

I rejoice that I could once think better of the world's improvability than it deserved. It is a mistake into which men seldom fall twice, in a lifetime; or, if so, the rarer and higher is the nature that can magnanimously persist in error.


Quote: It is a little remarkable, that -- though disinclined to talk overmuch of myself and my affairs at the fireside, and to my personal friends -- an autobiographical impulse should twice in my life have taken possession of me, in addressing the public. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

It is a little remarkable, that -- though disinclined to talk overmuch of myself and my affairs at the fireside, and to my personal friends -- an autobiographical impulse should twice in my life have taken possession of me, in addressing the public.








Quote: Another phenomenon, still more strikingly modern, was a package of lucifer matches, which, in old times, would have been thought actually to borrow their instantaneous flame from the nether fires of Tophet. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Another phenomenon, still more strikingly modern, was a package of lucifer matches, which, in old times, would have been thought actually to borrow their instantaneous flame from the nether fires of Tophet.


Quote: The Puritans compressed whatever mirth and public joy they deemed allowable to human infirmity; thereby so far dispelling the customary cloud, that, for the space of a single holiday, they appeared scarcely more grave than most other communities at a period of general affliction. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of Nathaniel Hawthorne quote; white text on black background

The Puritans compressed whatever mirth and public joy they deemed allowable to human infirmity; thereby so far dispelling the customary cloud, that, for the space of a single holiday, they appeared scarcely more grave than most other communities at a period of general affliction.


Quote: The little Puritans, being of the most intolerant brood that ever lived, had got a vague idea of something outlandish, unearthly. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The little Puritans, being of the most intolerant brood that ever lived, had got a vague idea of something outlandish, unearthly.


Quote: The holy and generous wish, that rises like incense from a pure heart towards heaven, often lavishes its sweet perfume on the blast of evil times. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The holy and generous wish, that rises like incense from a pure heart towards heaven, often lavishes its sweet perfume on the blast of evil times.




Quote: For when a man's spirit has been thoroughly crushed, he may be peevish at small offenses, but never resentful of great ones. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

For when a man's spirit has been thoroughly crushed, he may be peevish at small offenses, but never resentful of great ones.


Quote: In this republican country, amid the fluctuating waves of our social life, somebody is always at the drowning-point. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

In this republican country, amid the fluctuating waves of our social life, somebody is always at the drowning-point.


Quote: There is no such thing in man's nature as a settled and full resolve either for good or evil, except at the very moment of execution. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

There is no such thing in man's nature as a settled and full resolve either for good or evil, except at the very moment of execution.


Quote: The besom of reform hath swept him out of office, and a worthier successor wears his dignity and pockets his emoluments. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The besom of reform hath swept him out of office, and a worthier successor wears his dignity and pockets his emoluments.




Quote: If the truth were to be known, everyone would be wearing a scarlet letter of one form or another. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

If the truth were to be known, everyone would be wearing a scarlet letter of one form or another.


Quote: If truth were everywhere to be shown, a scarlet letter would blaze forth on many a bosom. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

If truth were everywhere to be shown, a scarlet letter would blaze forth on many a bosom.




Quote: But this had been a sin of passion, not of principle, nor even purpose. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

But this had been a sin of passion, not of principle, nor even purpose.


Quote: Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart! by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart!


Quote: A screen... the scenery and the figures of life were perfectly represented, but with that bewitching, yet indescribably difference, which always makes a picture, an image, or a shadow, so much more attractive than the original. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

A screen... the scenery and the figures of life were perfectly represented, but with that bewitching, yet indescribably difference, which always makes a picture, an image, or a shadow, so much more attractive than the original.


Quote: I have laughed, in bitterness and agony of heart, at the contrast between what I seem and what I am! by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

I have laughed, in bitterness and agony of heart, at the contrast between what I seem and what I am!


Quote: I want nothing to do with politicians. Their hearts wither away, and die out of their bodies. Their consciences are turned to india-rubber, or to some substance as black as that, and which will stretch as much. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

I want nothing to do with politicians. Their hearts wither away, and die out of their bodies. Their consciences are turned to india-rubber, or to some substance as black as that, and which will stretch as much.




Quote: The mind is in a sad state when Sleep, the all-involving, cannot confine her spectres within the dim region of her sway, but suffers them to break forth, affrighting this actual life with secrets that perchance belong to a deeper one. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The mind is in a sad state when Sleep, the all-involving, cannot confine her spectres within the dim region of her sway, but suffers them to break forth, affrighting this actual life with secrets that perchance belong to a deeper one.


Quote: I find nothing so singular to life as that everything appears to lose its substance the instant one actually grapples with it. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

I find nothing so singular to life as that everything appears to lose its substance the instant one actually grapples with it.


Quote: A bachelor always feels himself defrauded, when he knows or suspects that any woman of his acquaintance has given herself away. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

A bachelor always feels himself defrauded, when he knows or suspects that any woman of his acquaintance has given herself away.


Quote: I do detest all offices -- all, at least, that are held on a political tenure. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

I do detest all offices -- all, at least, that are held on a political tenure.


Quote: It Catholicism supplies a multitude of external forms in which the spiritual may be clothed and manifested. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

It Catholicism supplies a multitude of external forms in which the spiritual may be clothed and manifested.


Quote: Keep the imagination sane -- that is one of the truest conditions of communion with heaven. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Keep the imagination sane -- that is one of the truest conditions of communion with heaven.


Quote: Ugliness without tact is horrible. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Ugliness without tact is horrible.


Quote: Shall we never never get rid of this Past? ... It lies upon the Present like a giant's dead body. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Shall we never never get rid of this Past? ... It lies upon the Present like a giant's dead body.


Quote: The present is burdened too much with the past. We have not time, in our earthly existence, to appreciate what is warm with life, and immediately around us. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The present is burdened too much with the past. We have not time, in our earthly existence, to appreciate what is warm with life, and immediately around us.


Quote: It is very queer, but not the less true, that people are generally quite as vain, or even more so, of their deficiencies than of their available gifts. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

It is very queer, but not the less true, that people are generally quite as vain, or even more so, of their deficiencies than of their available gifts.


Quote: Insincerity in a man's own heart must make all his enjoyments, all that concerns him, unreal; so that his whole life must seem like a merely dramatic representation. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Insincerity in a man's own heart must make all his enjoyments, all that concerns him, unreal; so that his whole life must seem like a merely dramatic representation.


Quote: To the untrue man, the whole universe is false- it is impalpable- it shrinks to nothing within his grasp. And he himself is in so far as he shows himself in a false light, becomes a shadow, or, indeed, ceases to exist. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

To the untrue man, the whole universe is false- it is impalpable- it shrinks to nothing within his grasp. And he himself is in so far as he shows himself in a false light, becomes a shadow, or, indeed, ceases to exist.




Quote: Oh, for the years I have not lived, but only dreamed of living. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Oh, for the years I have not lived, but only dreamed of living.


Quote: What a sweet reverence is that when a young man deems his mistress a little more than mortal and almost chides himself for longing to bring her close to his heart. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

What a sweet reverence is that when a young man deems his mistress a little more than mortal and almost chides himself for longing to bring her close to his heart.


Quote: To plant a family! This idea is at the bottom of most of the wrong and mischief which men do. The truth is, that, once in every half century, at longest, a family should be merged into the great, obscure mass of humanity, and forget all about its ancestors. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

To plant a family! This idea is at the bottom of most of the wrong and mischief which men do. The truth is, that, once in every half century, at longest, a family should be merged into the great, obscure mass of humanity, and forget all about its ancestors.




Quote: The world, that grey-bearded and wrinkled profligate, decrepit, without being venerable. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The world, that grey-bearded and wrinkled profligate, decrepit, without being venerable.


Quote: He had been driven hither by the impulse of that Remorse which dogged him everywhere, and whose own sister and closely linked companion was that Cowardice which invariably drew him back, with her tremulous gripe, just when the other impulse had hurried him to the verge of a disclosure. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of Nathaniel Hawthorne quote: He had been driven hither by the impulse of that Remorse which dogged him everywhere, and whose own sister and closely linked companion was that Cowardice which invariably drew him back, with her tremulous gripe, just when the other impulse had hurried him to the verge of a disclosure.- black text on quotes background

He had been driven hither by the impulse of that Remorse which dogged him everywhere, and whose own sister and closely linked companion was that Cowardice which invariably drew him back, with her tremulous gripe, just when the other impulse had hurried him to the verge of a disclosure.


Quote: 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? by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

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?


Quote: The Christian faith is a grand cathedral with divinely pictured windows. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The Christian faith is a grand cathedral with divinely pictured windows.


Quote: Pluck up a spirit, and do not be all the time sighing and murmuring! by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Pluck up a spirit, and do not be all the time sighing and murmuring!


Quote: Men of cold passions have quick eyes. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Men of cold passions have quick eyes.




Quote: Echo is the voice of a reflection in a mirror. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Echo is the voice of a reflection in a mirror.


Quote: It is not good for man to cherish a solitary ambition. Unless there be those around him, by whose example he may regulate himself, his thoughts, desires, and hopes will become extravagant, and he the semblance, perhaps the reality, of a madman. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

It is not good for man to cherish a solitary ambition. Unless there be those around him, by whose example he may regulate himself, his thoughts, desires, and hopes will become extravagant, and he the semblance, perhaps the reality, of a madman.


Quote: What is called poetic insight is the gift of discerning, in this sphere of strangely-mingled elements, the beauty and the majesty which are compelled to assume a garb so sordid. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

What is called poetic insight is the gift of discerning, in this sphere of strangely-mingled elements, the beauty and the majesty which are compelled to assume a garb so sordid.


Quote: There is something more awful in happiness than in sorrow -- the latter being earthly and finite, the former composed of the substance and texture of eternity, so that spirits still embodied may well tremble at it. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

There is something more awful in happiness than in sorrow -- the latter being earthly and finite, the former composed of the substance and texture of eternity, so that spirits still embodied may well tremble at it.


Quote: As a general rule, Providence seldom vouchsafes to mortals any more than just that degree of encouragement which suffices to keep them at a reasonably full exertion of their powers. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

As a general rule, Providence seldom vouchsafes to mortals any more than just that degree of encouragement which suffices to keep them at a reasonably full exertion of their powers.


Quote: Come, therefore, and let us fling mud at them! by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Come, therefore, and let us fling mud at them!


Quote: Some maladies are rich and precious, and only to be acquired by the right of inheritance or purchased with gold. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Some maladies are rich and precious, and only to be acquired by the right of inheritance or purchased with gold.


Quote: As the moral gloom of the world overpowers all systematic gaiety, even so was their home of wild mirth made desolate amid the sad forest. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

As the moral gloom of the world overpowers all systematic gaiety, even so was their home of wild mirth made desolate amid the sad forest.


Quote: Death possesses a good deal, of real estate, namely, the graveyard in every town. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Death possesses a good deal, of real estate, namely, the graveyard in every town.


Quote: Writing can come naturally to some. Still, when it comes to good writing, this is true: Easy reading is damn hard writing. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Writing can come naturally to some. Still, when it comes to good writing, this is true: Easy reading is damn hard writing.


Quote: The love of science to rival the love of woman, in its depth and absorbing energy. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The love of science to rival the love of woman, in its depth and absorbing energy.


Quote: But, all this while, I was giving myself very unnecessary alarm. Providence had mediated better things for me than I could possibly imagine for myself. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

But, all this while, I was giving myself very unnecessary alarm. Providence had mediated better things for me than I could possibly imagine for myself.


Quote: Would Time but await the close of our favorite follies, we should all be young men, all of us, and until Doom's Day. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Would Time but await the close of our favorite follies, we should all be young men, all of us, and until Doom's Day.


Quote: The book, if you would see anything in it, requires to be read in the clear, brown, twilight atmosphere in which it was written; if opened in the sunshine, it is apt to look exceedingly like a volume of blank pages. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The book, if you would see anything in it, requires to be read in the clear, brown, twilight atmosphere in which it was written; if opened in the sunshine, it is apt to look exceedingly like a volume of blank pages.


Quote: A man's bewilderment is the measure of his wisdom. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

A man's bewilderment is the measure of his wisdom.


Quote: No fountain so small but that Heaven may be imaged in its bosom. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

No fountain so small but that Heaven may be imaged in its bosom.


Quote: The calmer thought is not always the right thought, just as the distant view is not always the truest view. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The calmer thought is not always the right thought, just as the distant view is not always the truest view.


Quote: As the architecture of a country always follows the earliest structures, American architecture should be a refinement of the log-house. The Egyptian is so of the cavern and the mound; the Chinese, of the tent; the Gothic, of overarching trees; the Greek, of a cabin. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of Nathaniel Hawthorne quote; white text on black background

As the architecture of a country always follows the earliest structures, American architecture should be a refinement of the log-house. The Egyptian is so of the cavern and the mound; the Chinese, of the tent; the Gothic, of overarching trees; the Greek, of a cabin.






Quote: Most people are so constituted that they can only be virtuous in a certain routine; an irregular course of life demoralizes them. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Most people are so constituted that they can only be virtuous in a certain routine; an irregular course of life demoralizes them.


Quote: Articulate words are a harsh clamor and dissonance. When man arrives at his highest perfection, he will again be dumb. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Articulate words are a harsh clamor and dissonance. When man arrives at his highest perfection, he will again be dumb.




Quote: When individuals approach one another with deep purposes on both sides they seldom come at once to the matter which they have most at heart. They dread the electric shock of a too sudden contact with it. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

When individuals approach one another with deep purposes on both sides they seldom come at once to the matter which they have most at heart. They dread the electric shock of a too sudden contact with it.




Quote: It is remarkable, that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society. The thoughts alone suffice them, without investing itself in the flesh and blood of action. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

It is remarkable, that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society. The thoughts alone suffice them, without investing itself in the flesh and blood of action.


Quote: Let the black flower blossom as it may! by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Let the black flower blossom as it may!


Quote: Jim Crow, moreover, was seen executing his world-renowned dance, in gingerbread. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Jim Crow, moreover, was seen executing his world-renowned dance, in gingerbread.


Quote: That Jim Crow there in the window, answered the urchin, holding out a cent, and pointing to the gingerbread figure that had attracted his notice, as he loitered along to school; the one that has not a broken foot. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

That Jim Crow there in the window, answered the urchin, holding out a cent, and pointing to the gingerbread figure that had attracted his notice, as he loitered along to school; the one that has not a broken foot.


Quote: If mankind were all intellect, they would be continually changing, so that one age would be entirely unlike another. The great conservative is the heart, which remains the same in all ages; so that commonplaces of a thousand years' standing are as effective as ever. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of Nathaniel Hawthorne quote; white text on black background

If mankind were all intellect, they would be continually changing, so that one age would be entirely unlike another. The great conservative is the heart, which remains the same in all ages; so that commonplaces of a thousand years' standing are as effective as ever.


Quote: It loves more readily than it hates. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

It loves more readily than it hates.


Quote: It is to the credit of human nature that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

It is to the credit of human nature that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates.




Quote: Yesterday I visited the British Museum; an exceedingly tiresome affair. It quite crushes a person to see so much at once; and I wandered from hall to hall with a weary and heavy heart. The present is burdened too much with the past. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Yesterday I visited the British Museum; an exceedingly tiresome affair. It quite crushes a person to see so much at once; and I wandered from hall to hall with a weary and heavy heart. The present is burdened too much with the past.




Quote: I wish I had the gift of making rhymes, for methinks there is poetry in my head and heart since I have been in love with you. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

I wish I had the gift of making rhymes, for methinks there is poetry in my head and heart since I have been in love with you.


Quote: The horrible ugliness of this exposure of a sick and guilty heart to the very eye that would gloat over it! by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The horrible ugliness of this exposure of a sick and guilty heart to the very eye that would gloat over it!


Quote: A human spirit may find no insufficiency of food fit for it, even in the Custom House. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

A human spirit may find no insufficiency of food fit for it, even in the Custom House.


Quote: Mankind are earthen jugs with spirits in them. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Mankind are earthen jugs with spirits in them.


Quote: Happiness is like a butterfly. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on brown tree branch under white clouds during daytime

Happiness is like a butterfly.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Happiness is like a butterfly -- the more you chase, the more subtle, but if you stop moving and quietly wait for it to land on you.


Quote: To be left alone in the wide world with scarcely a friend, -- this makes the sadness which, striking its pang into the minds of the young and the affectionate, teaches them too soon to watch and interpret the spirit-signs of their own hearts. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

To be left alone in the wide world with scarcely a friend, -- this makes the sadness which, striking its pang into the minds of the young and the affectionate, teaches them too soon to watch and interpret the spirit-signs of their own hearts.


Quote: Such loss of faith is ever one of the saddest results of sin. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of aerial photo of foggy mountains

Such loss of faith is ever one of the saddest results of sin.


Quote: Or-but this more rarely happened-she would be convulsed with a rage of grief, and sob out her love for her mother, in broken words, and seem intent on proving that she had a heart, by breaking it. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Or-but this more rarely happened-she would be convulsed with a rage of grief, and sob out her love for her mother, in broken words, and seem intent on proving that she had a heart, by breaking it.


Quote: When he is cheerful -- when the sun shines into his mind -- then I venture to peep in, just as far as the light reaches, but no further. It is holy ground where the shadow falls! by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

When he is cheerful -- when the sun shines into his mind -- then I venture to peep in, just as far as the light reaches, but no further. It is holy ground where the shadow falls!


Quote: New England is quite as large a lump of earth as my heart can really take in. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

New England is quite as large a lump of earth as my heart can really take in.


Quote: A vast deal of human sympathy runs along the electric line of needlework, stretching from the throne to the wicker chair of the humble seamstress. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

A vast deal of human sympathy runs along the electric line of needlework, stretching from the throne to the wicker chair of the humble seamstress.




Quote: Now are ye undeceived. Evil is the nature of mankind. Evil must be your only happiness. Welcome again, my children, to the communion of your race. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Now are ye undeceived. Evil is the nature of mankind. Evil must be your only happiness. Welcome again, my children, to the communion of your race.


Quote: There is great incongruity in this idea of monuments, since those to whom they are usually dedicated need no such recognition to embalm their memory; and any man who does, is not worthy of one. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

There is great incongruity in this idea of monuments, since those to whom they are usually dedicated need no such recognition to embalm their memory; and any man who does, is not worthy of one.


Quote: It was as if she had been made afresh out of new elements, and must perforce be permitted to live her own life and be a law unto herself without her eccentricities being reckoned to her for a crime. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

It was as if she had been made afresh out of new elements, and must perforce be permitted to live her own life and be a law unto herself without her eccentricities being reckoned to her for a crime.




Quote: This greatest mortal consolation, which we derive from the transitoriness of all things-from the right of saying, in every conjuncture, This, too, will pass away. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

This greatest mortal consolation, which we derive from the transitoriness of all things-from the right of saying, in every conjuncture, This, too, will pass away.




Quote: A grave, wherever found, preaches a short and pithy sermon to the soul. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

A grave, wherever found, preaches a short and pithy sermon to the soul.


Quote: The marble keeps merely a cold and sad memory of a man who would else be forgotten. No man who needs a monument ever ought to have one. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The marble keeps merely a cold and sad memory of a man who would else be forgotten. No man who needs a monument ever ought to have one.


Quote: When scattered clouds are resting on the bosoms of hills, it seems as if one might climb into the heavenly region, earth being so intermixed with sky, and gradually transformed into it. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

When scattered clouds are resting on the bosoms of hills, it seems as if one might climb into the heavenly region, earth being so intermixed with sky, and gradually transformed into it.


Quote: The sick in mind, and, perhaps, in body, are rendered more darkly and hopelessly so by the manifold reflection of their disease, mirrored back from all quarters in the deportment of those about them; they are compelled to inhale the poison of their own breath, in infinite repetition. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of Nathaniel Hawthorne quote: The sick in mind, and, perhaps, in body, are rendered more darkly and hopelessly so by the manifold reflection of their disease, mirrored back from all quarters in the deportment of those about them; they are compelled to inhale the poison of their own breath, in infinite repetition.- black text on quotes background

The sick in mind, and, perhaps, in body, are rendered more darkly and hopelessly so by the manifold reflection of their disease, mirrored back from all quarters in the deportment of those about them; they are compelled to inhale the poison of their own breath, in infinite repetition.


Quote: 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. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

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.


Quote: A throng of bearded men in sad-colored garments and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods, and other bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of Nathaniel Hawthorne quote; white text on black background

A throng of bearded men in sad-colored garments and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods, and other bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes.


Quote: Or in the forest; mingling various walks with the splash and murmur of the waves, and the solemn wind-anthem among the tree-tops. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Or in the forest; mingling various walks with the splash and murmur of the waves, and the solemn wind-anthem among the tree-tops.


Quote: Just as there comes a warm sunbeam into every cottage window, so comes a lovebeam of God's care and pity for every separate need. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Just as there comes a warm sunbeam into every cottage window, so comes a lovebeam of God's care and pity for every separate need.


Quote: But she named the infant Pearl, as being of great price-purchased with all she had-her mother's only treasure! by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

But she named the infant Pearl, as being of great price-purchased with all she had-her mother's only treasure!


Quote: The ideas of people in general are not raised higher than the roofs of the houses. All their interests extend over the earth's surface in a layer of that thickness. The meeting-house steeple reaches out of their sphere. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The ideas of people in general are not raised higher than the roofs of the houses. All their interests extend over the earth's surface in a layer of that thickness. The meeting-house steeple reaches out of their sphere.


Quote: If we would know what heaven is before we come thither, let us retire into the depths of our own spirits, and we shall find it there among holy thoughts and feelings. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

If we would know what heaven is before we come thither, let us retire into the depths of our own spirits, and we shall find it there among holy thoughts and feelings.


Quote: Nothing is more unaccountable than the spell that often lurks in a spoken word. A thought may be present to the mind, and two minds conscious of the same thought, but as long as it remains unspoken their familiar talk flows quietly over the hidden idea. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Nothing is more unaccountable than the spell that often lurks in a spoken word. A thought may be present to the mind, and two minds conscious of the same thought, but as long as it remains unspoken their familiar talk flows quietly over the hidden idea.






Quote: Death is so genuine a fact that it excludes falsehoods, or betrays its emptiness; it is a touchstone that proves the gold, and dishonors the baser metal. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Death is so genuine a fact that it excludes falsehoods, or betrays its emptiness; it is a touchstone that proves the gold, and dishonors the baser metal.




Quote: The heart of true womanhood knows where its own sphere is, and never seeks to stray beyond it! by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The heart of true womanhood knows where its own sphere is, and never seeks to stray beyond it!


Quote: If human love hath power to penetrate the veil -- and hath it not? -- then there are yet living here a few who have the blessedness of knowing that an angel loves them. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

If human love hath power to penetrate the veil -- and hath it not? -- then there are yet living here a few who have the blessedness of knowing that an angel loves them.


Quote: The trees reflected in the river -- they are unconscious of a spiritual world so near to them. So are we. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The trees reflected in the river -- they are unconscious of a spiritual world so near to them. So are we.












Quote: Not yet hardened, many young die good. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Not yet hardened, many young die good.


Quote: 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. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

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.


Quote: He whose genius appears deepest and truest excels his fellows in nothing save the knack of expression; he throws out occasionally a lucky hint at truths of which every human soul is profoundly though unutterably conscious. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

He whose genius appears deepest and truest excels his fellows in nothing save the knack of expression; he throws out occasionally a lucky hint at truths of which every human soul is profoundly though unutterably conscious.


Quote: The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of men. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of men.


Quote: 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. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

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.




Quote: There can be...no power...to disclose...the secrets that may be buried with a human heart. The heart, making itself guilty of such secrets, must perforce hold them until the day when all hidden things be revealed. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

There can be...no power...to disclose...the secrets that may be buried with a human heart. The heart, making itself guilty of such secrets, must perforce hold them until the day when all hidden things be revealed.


Quote: Language,-human language,-after all is but little better than the croak and cackle of fowls, and other utterances of brute nature,-sometimes not so adequate. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Language,-human language,-after all is but little better than the croak and cackle of fowls, and other utterances of brute nature,-sometimes not so adequate.


Quote: It was one of those moments--which sometimes occur only at the interval of years--when a man's moral aspect is faithfully revealed to his mind's eye. Not improbably, he had never before viewed himself as he did now. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

It was one of those moments--which sometimes occur only at the interval of years--when a man's moral aspect is faithfully revealed to his mind's eye. Not improbably, he had never before viewed himself as he did now.


Quote: When a writer calls his work a Romance, it need hardly be observed that he wishes to claim a certain latitude, both as to its fashion and material, which he would not have felt himself entitled to assume had he professed to be writing a Novel. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

When a writer calls his work a Romance, it need hardly be observed that he wishes to claim a certain latitude, both as to its fashion and material, which he would not have felt himself entitled to assume had he professed to be writing a Novel.




Quote: Might and wrong combined, like iron magnetized, are endowed with irresistible attraction. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Might and wrong combined, like iron magnetized, are endowed with irresistible attraction.




Quote: It is because the spirit is inestimable, that the lifeless body is so little valued. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

It is because the spirit is inestimable, that the lifeless body is so little valued.


Quote: The traveller knows not who may be concealed by the innumerable trunks and the thick boughs overhead; so that with lonely footsteps he may yet be passing through an unseen multitude. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The traveller knows not who may be concealed by the innumerable trunks and the thick boughs overhead; so that with lonely footsteps he may yet be passing through an unseen multitude.




Quote: The love of posterity is the consequence of the necessity of death. If a man were sure of living forever here, he would not care about his offspring. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The love of posterity is the consequence of the necessity of death. If a man were sure of living forever here, he would not care about his offspring.


Quote: I wonder that we Americans love our country at all, it having no limits and no oneness; and when you try to make it a matter of the heart, everything falls away except one's native State; -neither can you seize hold of that, unless you tear it out of the Union, bleeding and quivering. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of Nathaniel Hawthorne quote: I wonder that we Americans love our country at all, it having no limits and no oneness; and when you try to make it a matter of the heart, everything falls away except one's native State; -neither can you seize hold of that, unless you tear it out of the Union, bleeding and quivering.- black text on quotes background

I wonder that we Americans love our country at all, it having no limits and no oneness; and when you try to make it a matter of the heart, everything falls away except one's native State; -neither can you seize hold of that, unless you tear it out of the Union, bleeding and quivering.


Quote: I'm as provocative of tears as an onion! by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

I'm as provocative of tears as an onion!




Quote: When an uninstructed multitude attempts to see with its eyes, it is exceedingly apt to be deceived. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

When an uninstructed multitude attempts to see with its eyes, it is exceedingly apt to be deceived.


Quote: Life figures itself to me as a festal or funereal procession. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Life figures itself to me as a festal or funereal procession.




Quote: Cupid in these latter times has probably laid aside his bow and arrow, and uses fire-arms -- a pistol -- perhaps a revolver. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Cupid in these latter times has probably laid aside his bow and arrow, and uses fire-arms -- a pistol -- perhaps a revolver.


Quote: Man's best-directed effort accomplishes a kind of dream, while God is the sole worker of realities. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Man's best-directed effort accomplishes a kind of dream, while God is the sole worker of realities.


Quote: That pit of blackness that lies beneath us, everywhere ... the firmest substance of human happiness is but a thin crust spread over it, with just reality enough to bear up the illusive stage-scenery amid which we tread. It needs no earthquake to open the chasm. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

That pit of blackness that lies beneath us, everywhere ... the firmest substance of human happiness is but a thin crust spread over it, with just reality enough to bear up the illusive stage-scenery amid which we tread. It needs no earthquake to open the chasm.


Quote: In cases of distasteful occupation, the second day is generally worse than the first; we return to the rack with all the soreness of the preceding torture in our limbs. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

In cases of distasteful occupation, the second day is generally worse than the first; we return to the rack with all the soreness of the preceding torture in our limbs.




Quote: Generosity is the flower of justice. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Generosity is the flower of justice.




Quote: Of all the events which constitute a person's biography, there is scarcely one ... to which the world so easily reconciles itself as to his death. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Of all the events which constitute a person's biography, there is scarcely one ... to which the world so easily reconciles itself as to his death.




Quote: It will startle you to see what slaves we are to by-gone times-to Death, if we give the matter the right word! ... We read in Dead Men's books! We laugh at Dead Men's jokes, and cry at Dead Men's pathos! ... Whatever we seek to do, of our own free motion, a Dead Man's icy hand obstructs us! by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of Nathaniel Hawthorne quote: It will startle you to see what slaves we are to by-gone times-to Death, if we give the matter the right word! ... We read in Dead Men's books! We laugh at Dead Men's jokes, and cry at Dead Men's pathos! ... Whatever we seek to do, of our own free motion, a Dead Man's icy hand obstructs us!- black text on quotes background

It will startle you to see what slaves we are to by-gone times-to Death, if we give the matter the right word! ... We read in Dead Men's books! We laugh at Dead Men's jokes, and cry at Dead Men's pathos! ... Whatever we seek to do, of our own free motion, a Dead Man's icy hand obstructs us!


Quote: Amid the seeming confusion of our mysterious world , individuals are so nicely adjusted to a system, and systems to one another and to a whole, that, by stepping aside for a moment, a man exposes himself to a fearful risk of losing his place forever. (Wakefield). by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Amid the seeming confusion of our mysterious world , individuals are so nicely adjusted to a system, and systems to one another and to a whole, that, by stepping aside for a moment, a man exposes himself to a fearful risk of losing his place forever. (Wakefield).


Quote: Women derive a pleasure, incomprehensible to the other sex, from the delicate toil of the needle. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Women derive a pleasure, incomprehensible to the other sex, from the delicate toil of the needle.


Quote: Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied.


Quote: The evening before my departure for Blithedale, I was returning to my bachelor-apartments, after attending the wonderful exhibition of the Veiled Lady, when an elderly-man of rather shabby appearance met me in an obscure part of the street. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The evening before my departure for Blithedale, I was returning to my bachelor-apartments, after attending the wonderful exhibition of the Veiled Lady, when an elderly-man of rather shabby appearance met me in an obscure part of the street.




Quote: Sleeping or waking, we hear not the airy footsteps of the strange things that almost happen. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Sleeping or waking, we hear not the airy footsteps of the strange things that almost happen.


Quote: Masculine observers, if the birth-mark did not heighten their admiration, contented themselves with wishing it away, that the world might possess one living specimen of ideal loveliness, without the semblance of a flaw. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Masculine observers, if the birth-mark did not heighten their admiration, contented themselves with wishing it away, that the world might possess one living specimen of ideal loveliness, without the semblance of a flaw.


Quote: In an ancient though not very populous settlement, in a retired corner of one of the New England states, arise the walls of a seminary of learning, which, for the convenience of a name, shall be entitled Harley College. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

In an ancient though not very populous settlement, in a retired corner of one of the New England states, arise the walls of a seminary of learning, which, for the convenience of a name, shall be entitled Harley College.


Quote: 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. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

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.


Quote: If cities were built by the sound of music, then some edifices would appear to be constructed by grave, solemn tones, -- others to have danced forth to light fantastic airs. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

If cities were built by the sound of music, then some edifices would appear to be constructed by grave, solemn tones, -- others to have danced forth to light fantastic airs.


Quote: A writer of story books! What kind of business in life-what mode of glorifying God, or being serviceable to mankind in his day and generation-may that be? Why, the degenerate fellow might as well have been a fiddler! by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

A writer of story books! What kind of business in life-what mode of glorifying God, or being serviceable to mankind in his day and generation-may that be? Why, the degenerate fellow might as well have been a fiddler!


Quote: If a man, sitting all alone, cannot dream strange things, and make them look like truth, he need never try to write romances. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

If a man, sitting all alone, cannot dream strange things, and make them look like truth, he need never try to write romances.




Quote: I love my mother, but there has been, ever since my boyhood, a sort of coldness of intercourse between us, such as is apt to come between people of strong feelings. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

I love my mother, but there has been, ever since my boyhood, a sort of coldness of intercourse between us, such as is apt to come between people of strong feelings.


Quote: In the depths of every heart there is a tomb and a dungeon, though the lights, the music, and the revelry above may cause us to forget their existence. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

In the depths of every heart there is a tomb and a dungeon, though the lights, the music, and the revelry above may cause us to forget their existence.


Quote: And we have so far improved upon the custom of Adam and Eve, that we generally furnish forth our feasts with a portion of some delicate calf or lamb, whose unspotted innocence entitles them to the happiness of becoming our sustenance. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

And we have so far improved upon the custom of Adam and Eve, that we generally furnish forth our feasts with a portion of some delicate calf or lamb, whose unspotted innocence entitles them to the happiness of becoming our sustenance.


Quote: There is no greater bugbear than a strong willed relative in the circle of his own connections. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

There is no greater bugbear than a strong willed relative in the circle of his own connections.




Quote: At no time are people so sedulously careful to keep their trifling appointments, attend to their ordinary occupations, and thus put a commonplace aspect on life, as when conscious of some secret that if suspected would make them look monstrous in the general eye. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

At no time are people so sedulously careful to keep their trifling appointments, attend to their ordinary occupations, and thus put a commonplace aspect on life, as when conscious of some secret that if suspected would make them look monstrous in the general eye.


Quote: My wife is -- in the strictest sense -- my sole companion, and I need no other. There is no vacancy in my mind any more than in my heart. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

My wife is -- in the strictest sense -- my sole companion, and I need no other. There is no vacancy in my mind any more than in my heart.


Quote: Christian faith is a grand cathedral, with divinely pictured windows. Standing without, you see no glory, nor can possibly imagine any; standing within, every ray of light reveals a harmony of unspeakable splendors. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Christian faith is a grand cathedral, with divinely pictured windows. Standing without, you see no glory, nor can possibly imagine any; standing within, every ray of light reveals a harmony of unspeakable splendors.






Quote: Truth often finds its way to the mind close muffled in robes of sleep, and then speaks with uncompromising directness of matters in regard to which we practise an unconscious self-deception during our waking moments. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Truth often finds its way to the mind close muffled in robes of sleep, and then speaks with uncompromising directness of matters in regard to which we practise an unconscious self-deception during our waking moments.


Quote: That little baggage hath witchcraft in her. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

That little baggage hath witchcraft in her.


Quote: It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom.




Quote: An unhappy gentleman, resolving to wed nothing short of perfection, keeps his heart and hand till both get so old and withered that no tolerable woman will accept them. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

An unhappy gentleman, resolving to wed nothing short of perfection, keeps his heart and hand till both get so old and withered that no tolerable woman will accept them.






Quote: The divine chemistry works in the subsoil. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The divine chemistry works in the subsoil.




Quote: What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow.


Quote: Moonlight is sculpture. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Moonlight is sculpture.


Quote: Some maladies are rich and precious and only to be acquired by the right of inheritance or purchased with gold. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Some maladies are rich and precious and only to be acquired by the right of inheritance or purchased with gold.


Quote: Chillingworth was a striking evidence of man's faculty of transforming himself into a devil, if he will only, for a reasonable space of time, undertake a devil's office. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Chillingworth was a striking evidence of man's faculty of transforming himself into a devil, if he will only, for a reasonable space of time, undertake a devil's office.


Quote: I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh it was. My very heart leapt with the sound. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh it was. My very heart leapt with the sound.


Quote: Some illusions...are the shadows of great truths. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Some illusions...are the shadows of great truths.


Quote: The thing you set your mind on is the thing you ultimately become. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The thing you set your mind on is the thing you ultimately become.


Quote: 'What is the Unpardonable Sin' asked the lime-burner 'It is a sin that grew within my own breast', replied Ethan Brand 'The sin of an intellect that triumphed over the sense of brotherhood with man and reverence for God'. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

'What is the Unpardonable Sin' asked the lime-burner 'It is a sin that grew within my own breast', replied Ethan Brand 'The sin of an intellect that triumphed over the sense of brotherhood with man and reverence for God'.


Quote: My heart was a habitation large enough for many guests, but lonely and chill, and without a household fire. I longed to kindle one! It seemed not so wild a dream. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

My heart was a habitation large enough for many guests, but lonely and chill, and without a household fire. I longed to kindle one! It seemed not so wild a dream.


Quote: Intellectual activity is incompatible with any large amount of bodily exercise. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Intellectual activity is incompatible with any large amount of bodily exercise.


Quote: There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings as now in October. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings as now in October.


Quote: Life, within doors, has few pleasanter prospects than a neatly-arranged and well-provisioned breakfast-table. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Life, within doors, has few pleasanter prospects than a neatly-arranged and well-provisioned breakfast-table.


Quote: Nobody will use other people's experience, nor have any of his own till it is too late to use it. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Nobody will use other people's experience, nor have any of his own till it is too late to use it.


Quote: There is evil in every human heart, which may remain latent, perhaps, through the whole of life; but circumstances may rouse it to activity. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

There is evil in every human heart, which may remain latent, perhaps, through the whole of life; but circumstances may rouse it to activity.


Quote: One picture in ten thousand, perhaps, ought to live in the applause of mankind, from generation to generation until the colors fade and blacken out of sight or the canvas rot entirely away. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

One picture in ten thousand, perhaps, ought to live in the applause of mankind, from generation to generation until the colors fade and blacken out of sight or the canvas rot entirely away.


Quote: Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness.


Quote: The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may going to prove one's self a fool. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may going to prove one's self a fool.


Quote: Daily receiving the old physician in his study; or visiting the laboratory, and, for recreation's sake, watching the processes by which weeds were converted into drugs of potency. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Daily receiving the old physician in his study; or visiting the laboratory, and, for recreation's sake, watching the processes by which weeds were converted into drugs of potency.


Quote: Sometimes a light glimmered out of the physician's eyes, burning blue and ominous, like the reflection of a furnace, or, let us say, like one of those gleams of ghastly fire that darted from Bunyan's awful doorway in the hill-side, and quivered on the pilgrim's face. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of Nathaniel Hawthorne quote; white text on black background

Sometimes a light glimmered out of the physician's eyes, burning blue and ominous, like the reflection of a furnace, or, let us say, like one of those gleams of ghastly fire that darted from Bunyan's awful doorway in the hill-side, and quivered on the pilgrim's face.


Quote: Moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting.


Quote: Sunlight is like the breath of life to the pomp of autumn. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Sunlight is like the breath of life to the pomp of autumn.


Quote: Sunlight is painting. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Sunlight is painting.


Quote: There is so much wretchedness in the world, that we may safely take the word of any mortal professing to need our assistance; and, even should we be deceived, still the good to ourselves resulting from a kind act is worth more than the trifle by which we purchase it. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of Nathaniel Hawthorne quote; white text on black background

There is so much wretchedness in the world, that we may safely take the word of any mortal professing to need our assistance; and, even should we be deceived, still the good to ourselves resulting from a kind act is worth more than the trifle by which we purchase it.






Quote: She poured out the liquid music of her voice to quench the thirst of his spirit. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

She poured out the liquid music of her voice to quench the thirst of his spirit.




Quote: I sometimes fancy, said Hilda, on whose susceptibility the scene always made a strong impression, that Rome -- mere Rome -- will crowd everything else out of my heart. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

I sometimes fancy, said Hilda, on whose susceptibility the scene always made a strong impression, that Rome -- mere Rome -- will crowd everything else out of my heart.


Quote: How is it possible to sayan unkind or irreverential word of Rome? The city of all time, and of all the world! by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

How is it possible to sayan unkind or irreverential word of Rome? The city of all time, and of all the world!


Quote: He had a winged nature; she was rather of the vegetable kind, and could hardly be kept long alive, if drawn up by the roots. Thus it happened that the relation heretofore existing between her brother and herself was changed. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

He had a winged nature; she was rather of the vegetable kind, and could hardly be kept long alive, if drawn up by the roots. Thus it happened that the relation heretofore existing between her brother and herself was changed.




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