Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes & Wallpapers

Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The best of us being unfit to die, what an unexpressible absurdity to put the worst to death. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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As the moral gloom of the world overpowers all systematic gaiety, even so was their home of wild mirth made desolate amid the sad forest. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Sunlight is like the breath of life to the pomp of autumn. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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To be left alone in the wide world with scarcely a friend,-this makes the sadness which, striking its pang into the minds of the young and the affectionate, teaches them too soon to watch and interpret the spirit-signs of their own hearts. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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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. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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It is to the credit of human nature that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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She could no longer borrow from the future to ease her present grief. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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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
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The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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But, all this while, I was giving myself very unnecessary alarm. Providence had mediated better things for me than I could possibly imagine for myself. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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There is something more awful in happiness than in sorrow - the latter being earthly and finite, the former composed of the substance and texture of eternity, so that spirits still embodied may well tremble at it. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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It is my opinion that a man's soul may be buried and perish under a dung-heap, or in a furrow of the field, just as well as under a pile of money. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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We are but shadows: we are, not endowed with real life, and all that seems most real about us is but the thinnest substance of a dream, - till the heart be touched. That touch creates us - then we begin to be - thereby we are beings of reality and inheritors of eternity. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Language, - human language, - after all, is but little better than the cloak and cackle of fowls, and other utterances of brute nature, - sometimes not so adequate. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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In truth there is no such thing in man's nature as a settled and full resolve either for good or evil, except at the very moment of execution. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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When romances do really teach anything, or produce any effective operation, it is usually through a far more subtle process than the ostensible one. The author has considered it hardly worth his while, therefore, relentlessly to impale the story with its moral as with an iron rod-or, rather, as by sticking a pin through a butterfly-thus at once depriving it of life, and causing it to stiffen in an ungainly and unnatural attitude. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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It will startle you to see what slaves we are to by-gone times-to Death, if we give the matter the right word! ... We read in Dead Men's books! We laugh at Dead Men's jokes, and cry at Dead Men's pathos! . . . Whatever we seek to do, of our own free motion, a Dead Man's icy hand obstructs us! Nathaniel Hawthorne
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This world owes all its forward impulses to people ill at ease. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Death was too definite an object to be wished for or avoided. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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...if truth were everywhere to be shown, a scarlet letter would blaze forth on many a bosom... Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Would all, who cherish such wild wishes, but look around them, they would oftenest find their sphere of duty, of prosperity, and happiness, within those precincts, and in that station where Providence itself has cast their lot. Happy they who read the riddle without a weary world-search, or a lifetime spent in vain! Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Strength is incomprehensible by weakness, and, therefore, the more terrible. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The whole forest was peopled with frightful sounds-the creaking of the trees, the howling of wild beasts, and the yell of Indians; while sometimes the wind tolled like a distant church bell, and sometimes gave a broad roar around the traveler, as if all Nature were laughing him to scorn. But he was himself the chief horror of the scene, and shrank not from its other horrors. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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She had wandered, without rule or guidance, into a moral wilderness... Her intellect and heart had their home, as it were, in desert places, where she roamed as freely as the wild Indian in his woods... The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers-stern and wild ones-and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The book, if you would see anything in it, requires to be read in the clear, brown, twilight atmosphere in which it was written; if opened in the sunshine, it is apt to look exceedingly like a volume of blank pages. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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A few feathery flakes are scattered widely through the air, and hover downward with uncertain flight, now almost alighting on the earth, now whirled again aloft into remote regions of the atmosphere. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The greatest possible mint of style is to make the words absolutely disappear into the thought. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The calmer thought is not always the right thought, just as the distant view is not always the truest view Nathaniel Hawthorne
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It is not strange that that early love of the heart should come back, as it so often does when the dim eye is brightening with its last light. It is not strange that the freshest fountains the heart has ever known in its wastes should bubble up anew when the lifeblood is growing stagnant. It is not strange that a bright memory should come to a dying old man, as the sunshine breaks across the hills at the close of a stormy day; nor that in the light of that ray, the very clouds that made the day dark should grow gloriously beautiful. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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There is no such thing in man's nature as a settled and full resolve either for good or evil, except at the very moment of execution. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The trees reflected in the river - they are unconscious of a spiritual world so near to them. So are we. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Articulate words are a harsh clamor and dissonance. When man arrives at his highest perfection, he will again be dumb. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Let us acknowledge it wiser, if not more sagacious to follow out one's day-dream to its natural consummation, although if the vision has been worth the having, it is certain never to be consummated otherwise than by a failure. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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...Chillingworth was a striking evidence of man's faculty of transforming himself into a devil, if he will only, for a reasonable space of time, undertake a devil's office. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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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
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Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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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. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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London is like the grave in one respect - any man can make himself at home there; and whenever a man finds himself homeless elsewhere, he had better either die or go to London. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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It [Catholicism] supplies a multitude of external forms in which the spiritual may be clothed and manifested. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Our Creator would never have made such lovely days and have given us the dep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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To be left alone in the wide world with scarcely a friend, - this makes the sadness which, striking its pang into the minds of the young and the affectionate, teaches them too soon to watch and interpret the spirit-signs of their own hearts. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless thy win along with it the utmost passion of her heart! Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Life, within doors, has few pleasanter prospects than a neatly arranged and well-provisioned breakfast-table. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Language, - human language, - after all is but little better than the croak and cackle of fowls, and other utterances of brute nature, - sometimes not so adequate. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The love of posterity is the consequence of the necessity of death. If a man were sure of living forever here, he would not care about his offspring. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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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. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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In view of my previous weariness of office, and vague thoughts of resignation, 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
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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. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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My wife is - in the strictest sense - my sole companion, and I need no other. There is no vacancy in my mind any more than in my heart. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Time flies over us, but leaves it shadow behind. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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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
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A grave, wherever found, preaches a short and pithy sermon to the soul. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Trusting no man as his friend, he could not recognize his enemy when the latter actually appeared. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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In this republican country, amid the fluctuating waves of our social life, somebody is always at the drowning-point. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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When an uninstructed multitude attempts to see with its eyes, it is exceedingly apt to be deceived. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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He had been driven hither by the impulse of that Remorse which dogged him everywhere, and whose own sister and closely linked companion was that Cowardice which invariably drew him back, with her tremulous gripe, just when the other impulse had hurried him to the verge of a disclosure. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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It [the scarlet letter] had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and enclosing her in a sphere by herself. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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When scattered clouds are resting on the bosoms of hills, it seems as if one might climb into the heavenly region, earth being so intermixed with sky, and gradually transformed into it. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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To do nothing is the way to be nothing. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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It is my opinion that a man's soul may be buried and perish under a dung-heap, or in a furrow field, just as well as under a pile of money. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Romance and poetry, ivy, lichens and wallflowers need ruin to make them grow. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Nervous and excitable persons need to talk a great deal, by way of letting off their steam. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Wherever there is a heart and an intellect, the diseases of the physical frame are tinged with the peculiarities of these. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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If cities were built by the sound of music, then some edifices would appear to be constructed by grave, solemn tones,-others to have danced forth to light fantastic airs. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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A vast deal of human sympathy runs along the electric line of needlework, stretching from the throne to the wicker chair of the humble seamstress. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Those with whom we can apparently become well acquainted in a few moments are generally the most difficult to rightly know and to understand. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Keep the imagination sane-that is one of the truest conditions of communion with heaven. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The breath of peace was fanning her glorious brow, her head was bowed a very little forward, and a tress, escaping from its bonds, fell by the side of her pure white temple, and close to her just opened lips; it hung there motionless! no breath disturbed its repose! She slept as an angel might sleep, having accomplished the mission of her God. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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