Nathaniel Hawthorne

1804 - 1864

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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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on darkness, heart, and self

What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart!  What jailor so inexorable as one's self!

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The House of the Seven Gables

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

It is because the spirit is inestimable, that the lifeless body is so little valued.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Blithedale Romance

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on brotherhood, god, intellect, and sin

"What is the Unpardonable Sin?" asked the lime-burner; and then he shrank farther from his companion, trembling lest his question should be answered.

"It is a sin that grew within my own breast," replied Ethan Brand, standing erect, with a pride that distinguishes all enthusiasts of his stamp.  "A sin that grew nowhere else!  The sin of an intellect that triumphed over the sense of brotherhood with man and reverence for God, and sacrificed everything to its own mighty claims!"

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Minister's Black Veil

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