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37 Famous Quotes by Nathaniel Hawthorne
7/4/1804 - 5/19/1864
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Nathaniel Hathorne     Nathaniel
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Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.

Accuracy Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

Happiness Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments.

Mountains Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Eager souls, mystics and revolutionaries, may propose to refashion the world in accordance with their dreams; but evil remains, and so long as it lurks in the secret places of the heart, utopia is only the shadow of a dream

Revolution Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

Singing Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Source: Mosses from an Old Manse--The Birthmark

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Moonlight is sculpture.

Light Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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A bodily disease which we look upon as whole and entire within itself, may, after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part.

Disease Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Source: The Scarlet Letter (ch. X)

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What we call real estate--the solid ground to build a house on--is the broad foundation on which nearly all the guilt of this world rests.

Guilt Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Source: The House of Seven Gables--The Flight of Two Owls

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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 true.

Honesty Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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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.

Monument Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

Happiness Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

Mankind Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Perhaps, moreover, 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.

Genius Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Source: Mosses from an Old Manse--The Procession of Life

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Every crime destroys more Edens than our own.

Crime Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Source: Marble Faun (vol. I, ch. XXIII)

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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.

Circumstance Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Source: Mosses from an Old Manse--The Old Manse

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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.

Contention Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Source: The Marble Faun (vol. II, ch. XXII)

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And what is more melancholy than the old apple-trees that linger about the spot where once stood a homestead, but where there is now only a ruined chimney rising our of a grassy and weed-grown cellar? They offer their fruit to every wayfarer--apples that are bitter-sweet with the moral of times vicissitude.

Apples Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Source: Mosses from an Old Manse--The Old Manse

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Dr. Johnson's morality was as English an article as a beefsteak.

Morality Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Source: Our Old Home--Lichfield and Uttoxeter

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

Sickness Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Source: Mosses from an Old Manse--The Old Manse--The Procession of Life

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"Here, dearest Eve," he exclaims, "here is food." "Well," answered she, with the germ of a housewife stirring within her, "we have been so busy to-day that a picked-up dinner must serve."

Eating Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Source: Mosses from an Old Manse--The New Adam and Eve

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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.

Painting Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Source: Marble Faun (bk. II, ch. XII)

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It is a suggestive idea to track those worn feet backward through all the paths they have trodden ever since they were the tender and rosy little feet of a baby, and (cold as they now are) were kept warm in his mother's hand.

Feet Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Source: The Marble Faun (vol. I, ch. XXI)

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In truth 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.

Resolution Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Source: Twice-Told Tales--Fancy's Show Box

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From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.

Accuracy Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Is it a fact -- or have I dreamt it -- that, by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time?

Energy Quotes, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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