Nathaniel Hawthorne

1804 - 1864

A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on visit, contemplation, creation, germination, and gardening

I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: Mosses from an Old Manse, 1854

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on children, earth, nature, people, and place

Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil.  My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Custom House

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on love and sunshine

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

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Scarlet Letter (Dover Thrift Editions)

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on pearl, funny, Letter, scarlet, and hawthorne

Come, therefore, and let us fling mud at them!

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Scarlet Letter (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics)

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on light and music

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.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: Twice-Told Tales

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on light and moon

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Moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Complete Writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on earth

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Mountains are Earth's undecaying monuments.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Complete Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on life

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Life is made up of marble and mud.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The House of the Seven Gables

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on dream and self

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

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Complete Writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne: With Portraits, Illustrations, and Facsimiles

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on the scarlet letter

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 (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Scarlet Letter (Classics S.)

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