Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes (170 quotes)
As quoted in: Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews by George Plimpton, Viking Press, 1988
“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.”
“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.”
The House of the Seven Gables: By Nathaniel Hawthorne (2008 edition), MobileReference - ISBN: 9781605012896
“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.”
Novels (1983 edition), Library of America - ISBN: 9780940450080
“Amid the seeming confusion of our mysterious world, individuals are so nicely adjusted to a system, and systems to one another and to a whole, that, by stepping aside for a moment, a man exposes himself to a fearful risk of losing his place forever.”
Wakefield (1835) from Twice Told Tales (1837, 1851)
“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.”
Possibly Attributed. Earliest source found (as anonymous author): Arthur's Home Magazine, Volume 3, T.S. Arthur & Company, 1854
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Picture Source: WikipediaNathaniel Hawthorne
Born: July 4, 1804
Died: May 19, 1864 (aged 59)
Bio: Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist and short story writer.