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“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne
“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 the true.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
“Death should take me while I am in the mood.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance
“She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
“Love, whether newly born or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
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“Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne
“It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom. Each, in its utmost development, supposes a high degree of intimacy and heart-knowledge; each renders one individual dependent for the food of his affections and spiritual life upon another; each leaves the passionate lover, or the no less passionate hater, forlorn and desolate by the withdrawal of his object.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
“Oh, for the years I have not lived, but only dreamed of living.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart!”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
“She could no longer borrow from the future to ease her present grief.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house."

[Notebook, Oct. 10, 1842]”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks
“Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne
“We men of study, whose heads are in our books, have need to be straightly looked after! We dream in our waking moments, and walk in our sleep.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
“It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
“No summer ever came back, and no two summers ever were alike. Times change, and people change; and if our hearts do not change as readily, so much the worse for us.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance
“She wanted—what some people want throughout life—a grief that should deeply touch her, and thus humanize and make her capable of sympathy.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
“To do nothing is the way to be nothing.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Do anything, save to lie down and die!”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
“It contributes greatly towards a man's moral and intellectual health, to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, 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, The Scarlet Letter
“There is something truer and more real, than what we can see with the eyes, and touch with the finger.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Rappaccini's Daughter
“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. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne
“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, Selected Works: The Custom-House, The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, The Blithedale Romance, The Marble Faun
“Some attribute had departed from her, the permanence of which had been essential to keep her a woman. Such is frequently the fate, and such the stern development, of the feminine character and person, when the woman has encountered, and lived through, an experience of peculiar severity. If she be all tenderness, she will die. If she survive, the tenderness will either be crushed out of her, or—and the outward semblance is the same—crushed so deeply into her heart that it can never show itself more.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
“It is a good lesson - though it may often be a hard one - for a man... to step aside out of the narrow circle in which his claims are recognized, and to find how utterly devoid of significance, beyond that circle, is all that he achieves, and all he aims at.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
“I have laughed, in bitterness and agony of heart, at the contrast between what I seem and what I am!”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
“Hold thy peace, dear little Pearl!" whispered her mother. "We must not always talk in the market-place of what happens to us in the forest.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
“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
“Shall we never never get rid of this Past? ... It lies upon the Present like a giant's dead body.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables

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