Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes

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Nathaniel Hawthorne was a short story writer and novelist who is best known for his two fiction books The Scarlet Letter (1850) and The House of the Seven Gables (1851). The works and writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne mostly focused on the themes of history, morality and religion infused within his outstanding story structures.

Some other books published by Nathaniel Hawthorne are Twice-Told Tales, The Marble Faun, The Blithedale Romance, Young Goodman Brown, A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, Mosses from an Old Manse, Fanshawe, Tanglewood Tales as well as many others.

Here are some famous Nathaniel Hawthorne quotes about happiness, nature, words and The Scarlet Letter:

Famous Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes

Famous Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes

1. Life is made up of marble and mud. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

2. Do anything, save to lie down and die! -Nathaniel Hawthorne

3. All merely graceful attributes are usually the most evanescent. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

5. What other dungeon is so dark as one’s own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one’s self! -Nathaniel Hawthorne

6. Women derive a pleasure, incomprehensible to the other sex, from the delicate toil of the needle. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

7. There is something truer and more real, than what we can see with the eyes, and touch with the finger. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.

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12. To do nothing is the way to be nothing. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

13. Death should take me while I am in the mood. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

14. Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

15. Oh, for the years I have not lived, but only dreamed of living. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

16. Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

17. 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

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

19. What we call real estate – the solid ground to build a house on – is the broad foundation on which nearly all the guilt of this world rests. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

20. 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

21. 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 it be obeyed. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

22. 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. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

23. 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. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne Happiness Butterfly Quote

Nathaniel Hawthorne Quote 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.

24. 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.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes About Words

Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes About Words

25. Easy reading is damn hard writing. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

26. 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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Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes About Nature

Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes About Nature

27. Moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

28. Mountains are earth’s undecaying monuments. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

29. I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.

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30. In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter Quotes

Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter Quotes

31. There are many things in this world that a child must not ask about. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

32. I have laughed, in bitterness and agony of heart, at the contrast between what I seem and what I am! -Nathaniel Hawthorne

33. Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart! -Nathaniel Hawthorne

34. Hold thy peace, dear little Pearl!” whispered her mother. “We must not always talk in the market-place of what happens to us in the forest. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

36. In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

37. To the untrue man, the whole universe is false- it is impalpable- it shrinks to nothing within his grasp. And he himself is in so far as he shows himself in a false light, becomes a shadow, or, indeed, ceases to exist. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

38. It is remarkable, that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society. The thoughts alone suffice them, without investing itself in the flesh and blood of action. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

39. It is a good lesson – though it may often be a hard one – for a man… to step aside out of the narrow circle in which his claims are recognized, and to find how utterly devoid of significance, beyond that circle, is all that he achieves, and all he aims at. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

40. We dream in our waking moments, and walk in our sleep.

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41. When an uninstructed multitude attempts to see with its eyes, it is exceedingly apt to be deceived. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

42. It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

43. We men of study, whose heads are in our books, have need to be straightly looked after! We dream in our waking moments, and walk in our sleep. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

44. But it is a strange experience, to a man of pride and sensibility, to know that his interests are within the control of individuals who neither love nor understand him. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

45. 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

46. 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. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

47. 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. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

48. But there is a fatality, a feeling so irresistible and inevitable that it has the force of doom, which almost invariably compels human beings to linger around and haunt, ghost-like, the spot where some great and marked event has given the color to their lifetime; and, still the more irresistibly, the darker the tinge that saddens it. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

49. Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart! Else it may be their miserable fortune, when some mightier touch than their own may have awakened all her sensibilities, to be reproached even for the calm content, the marble image of happiness, which they will have imposed upon her as the warm reality. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

50. It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom. Each, in its utmost development, supposes a high degree of intimacy and heart-knowledge; each renders one individual dependent for the food of his affections and spiritual life upon another; each leaves the passionate lover, or the no less passionate hater, forlorn and desolate by the withdrawal of his object. -Nathaniel Hawthorne