Nathaniel Hawthorne

United States writer of novels and short stories mostly on moral themes (1804-1864)

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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.
Every young sculptor seems to think that he must give the world some specimen of indecorous womanhood, and call it Eve, Venus, a Nymph, or any name that may apologize for a lack of decent clothing.
Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained.
Happiness is a butterfly which when pursued is just out of grasp... But if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
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 is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
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.
Life is made up of marble and mud.
Mankind are earthen jugs with spirits in them.
Moonlight is sculpture.
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.
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.
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.
Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.
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.
The trees reflected in the river -- they are unconscious of a spiritual world so near to them. So are we.
The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
This world owes all its forward impulses to people ill at ease.
What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart What jailer so inexorable as one's self
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.

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