77 Total Quotes

Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#Accuracy

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shall we never, never get rid of this Past? cried he, keeping up the earnest tone of his preceding conversation. "It lies upon the Present like a giant's dead body."
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#Conversation

Nathaniel Hawthorne
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#American Novelist #Congratulate

Nathaniel Hawthorne
It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility. from The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#Human Nature

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

Nathaniel Hawthorne
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
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#Dreams

Nathaniel Hawthorne
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 . . .
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#Fire

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may 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
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#Art

Nathaniel Hawthorne
The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#American Novelist

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Mankind are earthen jugs with spirits in them.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#Humankind

Nathaniel Hawthorne
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.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#Man

Nathaniel Hawthorne
No author, without a trial, can conceive of the difficulty of writing a romance about a country where there is no shadow, no antiquity, no mystery, no picturesque and gloomy wrong, nor anything but a commonplace prosperity, in broad and simple daylight, as is happily the case with my dear native land.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#America #Country

Nathaniel Hawthorne
She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom!
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#Freedom

Nathaniel Hawthorne
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?
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#Energy

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#American Novelist #Nature

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#American Novelist

Nathaniel Hawthorne
What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one's self !
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#American Novelist

Nathaniel Hawthorne
My fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who should entertain an idea of committing suicide, and, altogether beyond his hopes, meet with the good hap to be murdered.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#American Novelist

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. If they are wholly restrained, love will die at the roots.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#American Novelist

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#American Novelist

Nathaniel Hawthorne
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
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#Man

Nathaniel Hawthorne
In the depths of every heart, there is a tomb and a dungeon, though the lights, the music, and revelry above may cause us to forget their existence, and the buried ones, or prisoners whom they hide. But sometimes, and oftenest at midnight, those dark receptacles are flung wide open. In an hour like this, when the mind has a passive sensibility, but no active strength; when the imagination is a mirror, imparting vividness to all ideas, without the power of selecting or controlling them; then pray that your grieves may slumber, and the brotherhood of remorse not break their chain.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#Conscience

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Love, whether newly born, or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, this it overflows upon the outward world.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#American Novelist

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
#American Novelist