Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes & Sayings

37 most famous Nathaniel Hawthorne quotes and sayings. These are the first 10 quotes we have for him. He was an American novelist who passed away on 19 May, 1864.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes
“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 Quotes
“Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes
“Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.”
“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 Quotes
“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 Quotes
“We must not always talk in the market-place of what happens to us in the forest.”
“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 Quotes
“A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes
“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes
“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.”

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