Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne

American short story writer

Lived from: 1804-1864

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.
    Source: The Scarlet Letter (1850) Ch XII
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    A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Easy reading is damn hard writing.
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    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.
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    From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
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    Generosity is the flower of justice.
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    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.
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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.
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    I wonder that we Americans love our country at all, it having no limits and no oneness; and when you try to make it a matter of the heart, everything falls away except one's native State; -neither can you seize hold of that, unless you tear it out of the Union, bleeding and quivering.
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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?
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    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.
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    Labor is the curse of the world, and nobody can meddle with it without becoming proportionately brutified.
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    Life is made up of marble and mud.
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