• 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
  • To do nothing is the way to be nothing

    Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 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

    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
  • Some attribute had departed from her, the permanence of which had been essential to keep her a woman. Such is frequently the fate, and such the stern development, of the feminine character and person, when the woman has encountered, and lived through, an experience of peculiar severity. If she be all tenderness, she will die. If she survive, the tenderness will either be crushed out of her, or—and the outward semblance is the same—crushed so deeply into her heart that it can never show itself more

    Nathaniel Hawthorne
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