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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE
American novelist and short story writer
(1804 - 1864)
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A grave, wherever found, preaches a short and pithy sermon to the soul.
      - [Graves]

A hero cannot be a hero unless in an heroic world.
      - [Heroes]

A man--poet, prophet, or whatever be may be--readily persuades himself of his right to all the worship that is voluntarily tendered.
      - [Conceit]

A singular fact, that, when man is a brute, he is the most sensual and loathsome of all brutes.
      - [Brutes]

A stale article, if you dip it in a good, warm, sunny smile, will go off better than a fresh one that you've scowled upon.
      - [Smiles]

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.
      - [Employment]

A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.
      - [Chastity]

All brave men love; for he only is brave who has affections to fight for, whether in the daily battle of life or in physical contests.
      - [Love]

At almost every step in life we meet with young men from whom we anticipate wonderful things, but of whom, after careful inquiry, we never hear another word. Life certain chintzes, calicoes, and ginghams, they show finely on their first newness, but cannot stand the sun and rain, and assume a very sober aspect after washing day.
      - [Youth]

Can man be so age-stricken that no faintest sunshine of his youth may re visit him once a year? It is impossible. The moss on our time-worn mansion brightens into beauty; and the good old pastor, who once dwelt here, renewed his prime and regained his boyhood in the genial breeze of his ninetieth spring. Alas for the worn and heavy soul, if, whether in youth or age, it has outlived its privilege of springtime sprightliness!
      - [Age]

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.
      - [Affection]

Could the departed, whoever he may be, return in a week after his decease, he would almost invariably find himself at a higher or a tower point than he had formerly occupied on the scale of public appreciation.
      - [Popularity]

Death is so genuine a fact that it excludes falsehoods, or betrays its emptiness; it is a touchstone that proves the gold, and dishonors the baser metal.
      - [Death]

Death possesses a good deal, of real estate, namely, the graveyard in every town.
      - [Death]

Eager souls, mystics and revolutionaries, may propose to refashion the world in accordance with their dreams; but evil remains, and so long as it lurks in the secret places of the heart, utopia is only the shadow of a dream.
      - [Evil]

Earth has one angel less, and heaven one more since yesterday. Already, kneeling at the throne, she has received her welcome, and is resting on the bosom of her Saviour.
      - [Death]

Echo is the voice of a reflection in a mirror.
      - [Echo]

Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not.
      - [Importance]

From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
      - [Facts]

Generosity is the flower of justice.
      - [Generosity]

Genius, indeed, melts many ages into one, and thus effects something permanent, yet still with a similarity of office to that of the more ephemeral writer. A work of genius is but the newspaper of a century, or perchance of a hundred centuries.
      - [Genius]

Great men need to be lifted upon the shoulders of the whole world, in order to conceive their great ideas or perform their great deeds. That is, there must be an atmosphere of greatness round about them. A hero cannot be a hero unless in an heroic world.
      - [Heroes]

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.
      - [Happiness]

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
      - [Butterflies : 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.
      - [Happiness]


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