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From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Accuracy

From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Accuracy

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 Topic: Advice

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Advice

Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. If they are wholly restrained, love will die at the roots.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Affection

And what is more melancholy than the old apple-trees that linger about the spot where once stood a homestead, but where there is now only a ruined chimney rising our of a grassy and weed-grown cellar? They offer their fruit to every wayfarer--apples that are bitter-sweet with the moral of times vicissitude.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Apples

Thus we see, too, in the world that some persons assimilate only what is ugly and evil from the same moral circumstances which supply good and beautiful results--the fragrance of celestial flowers--to the daily life of others.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Circumstance

When individuals approach one another with deep purposes on both sides they seldom come at once to the matter which they have most at heart. They dread the electric shock of a too sudden contact with it.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Contention

Every crime destroys more Edens than our own.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Crime

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 Topic: Disease

A bodily disease may be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual past.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Disease

"Here, dearest Eve," he exclaims, "here is food." "Well," answered she, with the germ of a housewife stirring within her, "we have been so busy to-day that a picked-up dinner must serve."

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Eating

Is it a fact -- or have I dreamt it -- that, by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time?

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Energy

It is a suggestive idea to track those worn feet backward through all the paths they have trodden ever since they were the tender and rosy little feet of a baby, and were kept warm in his mother's hand.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Feet

Perhaps, moreover, he whose genius appears deepest and truest excels his fellows in nothing save the knack of expression; he throws out occasionally a lucky hint at truths of which every human soul is profoundly though unutterably conscious.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Genius

A grave, wherever found, preaches a short and pithy sermon to the soul.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Grave

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.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Guilt

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 Topic: Happiness

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 past -Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Health

What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart. What jailer so inexorable as one's self? -Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Topic: Heart Quotes

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