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Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued,
is always just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly,
may alight upon you.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty;
inaccuracy,
of dishonesty.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

A woman's chastity consists, like an onion,
of a series of coats.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Life is made up of marble and mud.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sunlight is painting.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Moonlight is sculpture.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

Time flies over us, but leaves it shadow behind.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Easy reading is damn hard writing.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Love, whether newly born, or aroused from a deathlike slumber,
must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance,
this it overflows upon the outward world.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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.
- 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

Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst,
but the best of our nature.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

What we call real estate - the solid ground to build a house on -
is the broad foundation on which nearly all the guilt of this world rests.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of
waking from a troubled dream;
it may be so the moment after death.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

You can get assent to almost any proposition so long
as you are not going to do anything about it.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

In our nature, however, there is a provision,
alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should
never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture,
but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

My fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who
should entertain an idea of committing suicide,
and, altogether beyond his hopes, meet with the good hap to be murdered.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin.
Economics and art are strangers.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart!
What jailer so inexorable as one's self!
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease.
The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

We must not always talk in the market-place of what
happens to us in the forest.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Happiness is a choice.
- Anonymous

If you want to be happy, be.
- Leo Tolstoy

Simple living is the way to happy living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My greatest service to others is living happily,
and radiating happiness and joy to those around me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions,
it is governed by our mental attitude.
- Dale Carnegie

Celebrate! Celebration is an expression of Gratitude.
Gratitude is like the prayer, while
Celebration is the hymn and sacred dance.
Celebration is its own road to happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Happiness is a choice - independent of circumstances.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The key to happiness is not to have what you want
but to want what you have.
- Anonymous

Happiness... consists in giving, and in serving others.
- Henry Drummond

Create happiness for others.
- Dale Carnegie

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can not find happiness by chasing after it.
Happiness comes from doing what you love to do,
and from being who you truly are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Happiness is not the absence of problems,
but the willingness to deal with them joyfully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that happiness is created by the act
of expressing gratitude for all of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The path to happiness is forgiveness of everyone
and gratitude for everything.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My happiness depends on me.
- A Course in Miracles

Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
- A Course In Miracles

Consistent happiness is found through
living in a state of constant gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile
can be the source of your joy.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

Forgiving is not a gift to someone else.
Forgiving is your gift to yourself -
a great gift - the gift of happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your greatest gift to others is to be happy
and to radiate your happiness to the entire world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The path to your own happiness is usually found in service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Joy is a choice - but it isn't an easy choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are
something to do,
something to love,
and something to hope for.
- Joseph Addison

My only reason for not experiencing bliss at this very moment
is thinking about what I don't have.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wear an Inner Smile.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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