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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Happiness is a butterfly which when pursued is just out of grasp... But if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Life is made up of marble and mud.Rate it:
Mankind are earthen jugs with spirits in them.Rate it:
Moonlight is sculpture.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
The trees reflected in the river -- they are unconscious of a spiritual world so near to them. So are we.Rate it:
The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.Rate it:
This world owes all its forward impulses to people ill at ease.Rate it:
What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart What jailer so inexorable as one's selfRate it:
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.Rate it:

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