Quotes by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne
A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne
Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.
– 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
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
Easy reading is damn hard writing.
– 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
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
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
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
Life is made up of marble and mud.
– 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
Moonlight is sculpture.
– 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
Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale.
– 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
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
Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne
So she poured out the liquid music of her voice to quench the thirst of his spirit.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne
Sunlight is painting.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne