Nathaniel Hawthorne

1804 - 1864

A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on butterfly and happiness

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.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: Civilization's Quotations: Life's Ideal

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on place, world, individual, and choice

Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and it is important in some respect where he choses to be so or not.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: What Do You Really Want for Your Children?

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on frost, garden, heart, nature, play, and power

Last night there came a frost, which has done great damage to my garden.  . . . It is sad that Nature will so sport with us poor mortals, inviting us with sunny smiles to confide in her; and then, when we are entirely in her power, striking us to the heart.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Complete Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on body, disease, and spirit

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 (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Scarlet Letter

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on dictionary, evil, good, innocence, and words

Words, - so innocent and powerless are they, as standing in a dictionary; how potent for good and evil they become to one who knows how to combine them!

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on honesty and people

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 true.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Scarlet Letter

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on family, friendship, literature, pleasure, and writing

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 (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Routledge Dictionary of Quotations

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on dream, happiness, possibility, wild-goose chase, and world

Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us on 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 (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Book of Positive Quotations

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on body, disease, heart, and intellect

Wherever there is a heart and an intellect, the diseases of the physical frame are tinged with the peculiarities of these.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Scarlet Letter

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on doubt, heroism, obstacles, self, and wisdom

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 to be obeyed.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Blithedale Romance

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