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 :: 1804-1864, American Novelist, Short Story Writer

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No author, without a trial, can conceive of the difficulty of writing a romance about a country where there is no shadow, no antiquity, no mystery, no picturesque and gloomy wrong, nor anything but a commonplace prosperity, in broad and simple daylight, as is happily the case with my dear native land.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [America]

 

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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 - [Honesty]

 

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Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Story and Story-Telling]

 

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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. Their highest merit is suggestiveness.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Perspective]

 

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Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Enjoyment]

 

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Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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See! those fiendish lineaments graven on the darkness, the writhed lip of scorn, the mockery of that living eye, the pointed finger, touching the sore place in your heart! Do you remember any act of enormous folly, at which you would blush, even in the remotest cavern of the earth? Then recognize your Shame.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Shame]

 

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Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Selfishness]

 

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Sunlight is painting.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Painters and Painting]

 

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The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [New World]

 

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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 it be obeyed.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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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 - [Literature]

 

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This world owes all its forward impulses to people ill at ease.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Progress]

 

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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 - [Death and Dying]

 

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Yesterday I went out at about twelve, and visited the British Museum; an exceedingly tiresome affair. It quite crushes a person to see so much at once; and I wandered from hall to hall with a weary and heavy heart, wishing (Heaven forgive me!) that the Elgin marbles and the frieze of the Parthenon were all burnt into lime, and that the granite Egyptian statues were hewn and squared into building stones, and that the mummies had all turned to dust, two thousand years ago; and, in fine, that all the material relics of so many successive ages had disappeared with the generations that produced them. The present is burthened too much with the past.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne - [Museums and Galleries]

 

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