Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes 39 Best From ‘The Scarlet Letter’ Author.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes Like so many of his contemporaries the struggled with despair, isolation and a sense of the unredeemable sinfulness of humanity. In his writing, these personal struggles are transformed into fables and fairy tales that heighten the readers’ sense of their own fragility and isolation.

The reader never quite knows what lurks beneath Hawthorne’s well-mannered prose: is he being ironic? Is he being sincere? Is the narrator reliable or not?
And yet, for all its darkness and uncertainty, there is also something redemptive about Hawthorne’s work – a faith in goodness even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

A belief in human potential even when it seems impossible to articulate that potential without sounding naive and sentimental. In short, a recognition that humankind might still have something left to offer its Creator – even if that Creator seems to have abandoned them completely…

Famous Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes

 1) “A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.”

2) “There is a fatality, a feeling so irresistible and inevitable that it has the force of doom, which almost invariably compels human beings to linger around and haunt, ghostlike, the spot where some great and marked event has given the color to their lifetime; and still the more irresistibly, the darker the tinge that saddens it.”

3) “Providence had mediated better things for me than I could possibly imagine for myself.”

4) “The ideas of people in general are not raised higher than the roofs of the houses. All their interests extend over the earth’s surface in a layer of that thickness. The meeting-house steeple reaches out of their sphere.”

5) “I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”

6) “She was like a ghost that haunts a familiar fireside, unable to make itself seen or felt, unable to smile at the joys of everyday life nor mourn its sorrow.”

7) “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.”

8) “A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.“

9) “Be not silent from any mistaken pity and tenderness for him; for, believe me, Hester, though he were to step down from a high place, and stand there beside thee, on thy pedestal of shame, yet better were it so, than to hide a guilty heart through life.”

10) “Love, whether newly born or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world.”

Inspirational Quotes From Nathaniel Hawthorne

11) “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 Quotes

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13) “It is remarkable that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society.”

14) “In youth men are apt to write more wisely than they really know or feel; and the remainder of life may be not idly spent in realizing and convincing themselves of the wisdom which they uttered long ago Of all the events which constitute a person’s biography, there is scarcely one … to which the world so easily reconciles itself as to his death.”

15) “What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow.”

16) “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.”

17) “There is something truer and more real, than what we can see with the eyes, and touch with the finger.”

18) “We dream in our waking moments, and walk in our sleep.”

19) “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 to be obeyed.”

20) “She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.”

21) “She could no longer borrow from the future to ease her present grief.”

22) “She wanted—what some people want throughout life—a grief that should deeply touch her, and thus humanize and make her capable of sympathy.”

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23) “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.”

24) “Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart! ” – Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes

25) 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.

26) “To the untrue man, the whole universe is false- it is impalpable- it shrinks to nothing within his grasp. And he himself is in so far as he shows himself in a false light, becomes a shadow, or, indeed, ceases to exist.”

27) “It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates.”

28) “It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom.”

29) “Pearl resembled the brook, inasmuch as the current of her life gushed from a wellspring as mysterious, and had flown through scenes shadowed as heavily with gloom. But, unlike the little stream, she danced and sparkled and prattled airily along her course.”

Hawthorne Quotes From ‘Scarlet Letter’

30) “There is something truer and more real, than what we can see with the eyes, and touch with the finger.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes

31) “Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.”

32) “At the great judgment day, whispered the minister—and, strangely enough, the sense that he was a professional teacher of truth impelled him to answer the child so. Then, and there, before the judgment seat, thy mother, and thou, and I, must stand together. But the daylight of this world shall not see our meeting!”

33) “Be true! Be true! Be true! Show freely to the world, if not your worst, yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferred!”

34) “This shall be the last of my benevolent follies, and I will never be kind to anybody again as long as I live.”

35) “It was none the less a fact, however, that, in the eyes of the very men who spoke thus, the scarlet letter had the effect of the cross on a nun’s bosom.”

36) “Easy reading is damn hard writing.”

37) “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes

38) “Happiness is not found in things you possess, but in what you have the courage to release.”

39) “The judgment of God is on me, answered the conscience-stricken priest. It is too mighty for me to struggle with! Heaven would show mercy, rejoined Hester, hadst thou but the strength to take advantage of it.” 

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