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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.

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.

Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.

Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments.

Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

Moonlight is sculpture.

Moonlight is sculpture.

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.

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.

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

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

Sunlight is painting.

Sunlight is painting.

Easy reading is damn hard writing. ---->>>

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.

A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

Life is made up of marble and mud. ---->>>

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

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.

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.

A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world. ---->>>

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: July 4, 1804
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Die: May 19, 1864
Occupation: Novelist
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Nathaniel Hawthorne (; born Nathaniel Hathorne; July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864) was an American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer. He was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, to Nathaniel Hathorne and the former Elizabeth Clarke Manning. His ancestors include John Hathorne, the only judge involved in the Salem witch trials who never repented of his actions (wikipedia)