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 :: 1804-1864, American Novelist, Short Story Writer

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Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Selfishness]

 

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See! those fiendish lineaments graven on the darkness, the writhed lip of scorn, the mockery of that living eye, the pointed finger, touching the sore place in your heart! Do you remember any act of enormous folly, at which you would blush, even in the remotest cavern of the earth? Then recognize your Shame.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Shame]

 

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Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Story and Story-Telling]

 

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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.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Patriotism]

 

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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.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Perspective]

 

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This world owes all its forward impulses to people ill at ease.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Progress]

 

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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.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Sculptures]

 

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Labor is the curse of the world, and nobody can meddle with it without becoming proportionately brutified.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Labor]

 

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Life is made up of marble and mud.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Life and Living]

 

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Moonlight is sculpture.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Light]

 

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It is a good lesson --though it may often be a hard one --for a man who has dreamed of literary fame, and of making for himself a rank among the world's dignitaries by such means, to step aside out of the narrow circle in which his claims are recognized, and to find how utterly devoid of all significance, beyond that circle, is all that he achieves, and all he aims at.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Literature]

 

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The only sensible ends of literature are, first, the pleasurable toil of writing; second, the gratification of one's family and friends; and lastly, the solid cash.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Literature]

 

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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 - [Misfortunes]

 

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Yesterday I went out at about twelve, and visited the British Museum; an exceedingly tiresome affair. It quite crushes a person to see so much at once; and I wandered from hall to hall with a weary and heavy heart, wishing (Heaven forgive me!) that the Elgin marbles and the frieze of the Parthenon were all burnt into lime, and that the granite Egyptian statues were hewn and squared into building stones, and that the mummies had all turned to dust, two thousand years ago; and, in fine, that all the material relics of so many successive ages had disappeared with the generations that produced them. The present is burthened too much with the past.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Museums and Galleries]

 

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The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [New World]

 

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Sunlight is painting.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Painters and Painting]

 

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Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Generosity is the flower of justice.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Generosity]

 

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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.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Happiness]

 

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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.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Happiness]

 

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