Nathaniel Hawthorne Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old nathaniel hawthorne quotes, nathaniel hawthorne sayings, and nathaniel hawthorne proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

It is my opinion that a man's soul may be buried and perish under a dung-heap, or in a furrow field, just as well as under a pile of money.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Generosity is the flower of justice.     

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.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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

Faith is a grand cathedral, with divinely pictured windows - standing without, you can see no glory, nor can imagine any, but standing within every ray of light reveals a harmony of unspeakable splendors.      

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Every individual has a place to fill in the world and it important in some respect whether he chooses to be or not.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sunlight is like the breath of life to the pomp of autumn.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

A bodily disease, which we look upon as whole and entire within itself, may, after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

Generosity is the flower of justice.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

Nathaniel Hawthorne

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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. A man will commit almost any wrong -- he will heap an immense pile of wickedness, as hard as granite, and which will weigh as heavily upon his soul, to eternal ages -- only to build a great, gloomy, dark-chambered mansion, for himself to die in.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Labor is the curse of the world, and nobody can meddle with it without becoming proportionately brutalized.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Christian faith is a grand cathedral with divinely pictured windows.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Though we speak nonsense, God will pick out the meaning of it.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

There is so much wretchedness in the world, that we may safely take the word of any mortal professing to need our assistance; and, even should we be deceived, still the good to ourselves resulting from a kind act is worth more than the trifle by which we purchase it.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

There is an alchemy of quiet malice by which women can concoct a subtle poison from ordinary trifles.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is just out of grasp. But if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Last night, there came a frost, which has done great damage to my garden.... It is sad that Nature will play such tricks on us poor mortals, inviting us with sunny smiles to confide in her, and then, when we are entirely within her power, striking us to the heart.      

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Most people are so constituted that they can only be virtuous in a certain routine; an irregular course of life demoralizes them.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

You speculate on the luxury of wearing out a whole existence in bed, like an oyster in its shell, content with the sluggish ecstasy of inaction.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne