Nathaniel Hawthorne was born 4 July 1804, and died 19 May 1864
- 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.
- Easy reading is damn hard writing.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- It is very queer, but not the less true, that people are generally quite as vain, or even more so, of their deficiencies than of their available gifts.
- 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.
- 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.
- A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.
Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist and short story writer, best known for writing The Scarlet Letter.
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