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Top 45 Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes (HAPPINESS)

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Happiness is not found in things you possess, but in what you have the courage to release.
Happiness is not found in things you possess, but in what you have the courage to release.
Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.
A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.
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.
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.
The thing you set your mind on is the thing you ultimately become.
The thing you set your mind on is the thing you ultimately become.
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.
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.
No summer ever came back, and no two summers ever were alike. Times change, and people change; and if our hearts do not change as readily, so much the worse for us.
No summer ever came back, and no two summers ever were alike. Times change, and people change; and if our hearts do not change as readily, so much the worse for us.
Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.
Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.
A forced smile is uglier than a frown.
A forced smile is uglier than a frown.
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.
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.

4 Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes on Human Nature

“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 is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates.
It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates.
Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil.
Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil.
Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.
Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.

9 Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes About Life

“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
There is something truer and more real, than what we can see with the eyes, and touch with the finger.
There is something truer and more real, than what we can see with the eyes, and touch with the finger.
To do nothing is the way to be nothing.
To do nothing is the way to be nothing.
Oh, for the years I have not lived, but only dreamed of living.
Oh, for the years I have not lived, but only dreamed of living.
What other dungeon is so dark as one’s own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one’s self!
What other dungeon is so dark as one’s own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one’s self!
I have laughed, in bitterness and agony of heart, at the contrast between what I seem and what I am!
I have laughed, in bitterness and agony of heart, at the contrast between what I seem and what I am!
Providence had mediated better things for me than I could possibly imagine for myself.
Providence had mediated better things for me than I could possibly imagine for myself.
I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.
I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.
Life is made up of marble and mud.
Life is made up of marble and mud.

10 Wise Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes That Will Make You Think (WISDOM)

“It is a good lesson – though it may often be a hard one – for a man… to step aside out of the narrow circle in which his claims are recognized, and to find how utterly devoid of significance, beyond that circle, is all that he achieves, and all he aims at.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne
The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not.
Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not.
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.
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 man's bewilderment is the measure of his wisdom.
A man’s bewilderment is the measure of his wisdom.

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
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.
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.
Be true! Be true! Be true! Show freely to the world, if not your worst, yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferred!
Be true! Be true! Be true! Show freely to the world, if not your worst, yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferred!
Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments.
Mountains are earth’s undecaying monuments.
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.
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.

2 Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes on Writing and Words

Easy reading is damn hard writing.
Easy reading is damn hard writing.
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.
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.

8 Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes About Love and Passion

Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart!
Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart!
It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom.
It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom.
She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.
She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.
She could no longer borrow from the future to ease her present grief.
She could no longer borrow from the future to ease her present grief.
She wanted — what some people want throughout life — a grief that should deeply touch her, and thus humanize and make her capable of sympathy.
She wanted — what some people want throughout life — a grief that should deeply touch her, and thus humanize and make her capable of sympathy.
Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility.
Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility.
A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.
A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.
If the truth were to be known, everyone would be wearing a scarlet letter of one form or another.
If the truth were to be known, everyone would be wearing a scarlet letter of one form or another.

2 Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes on Death

We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.
Death should take me while I am in the mood.
Death should take me while I am in the mood.

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