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Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes

(1804-1864), American Novelist, Short Story Writer

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

Category: Accuracy

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.

Category: Affection

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.

Category: America

A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.

Category: Chastity

It contributes greatly towards a man's moral and intellectual health, to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate.

Category: Company

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.

Category: Conscience

All brave men love; for he only is brave who has affections to fight for, whether in the daily battle of life, or in physical contests.

Category: Courage

We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.

Category: Death And Dying

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?

Category: Energy

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.

Category: Enjoyment

Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.

Category: Friends And Friendship

Generosity is the flower of justice.

Category: Generosity

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.

Category: Happiness

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.

Category: Happiness

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.

Category: Health