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Nathaniel Hawthorne

(1804 - 1864)


American Novelist, Short-Story Writer best known for novels The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables

'People say,' said another, 'that the Reverend Master Dimmesdale, her godly pastor, takes it very grievously to his heart that such a scandal has come upon his congregation.
A bodily disease may be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual past.
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.
A dead man sits on all our judgment seats; and living judges do but search out and repeat his decisions. We read in dead men's books! We laugh a dead men's jokes, and cry at dead men's pathos!.
A few feathery flakes are scattered widely through the air, and hover downward with uncertain flight, now almost alighting on the earth, now whirled again aloft into remote regions of the atmosphere.
A few words, perhaps might satisfy the feverish yearning of my soul for some master-thought, that should guide me through this labyrinth of life, teaching wherefore I was born, and how to do my task on earth, and what is death. Alas! Even that unreal image should forget to ape me, and laugh at these vain questions. Thus do mortals deify, as it were, a mere shadow of themselves, a spectre of human reason, and ask of that to unveil the mysteries, which Divine Intelligence has revealed so far as needful to our guidance, and hid the rest.
A forced smile is uglier than a frown.
A good man's prayers are golden recompense! rejoined old Roger Chillingworth, as he took his leave. Yea, they are the current gold coin of the New Jerusalem, with the King's own mintmark on them!.
A grave and dark-clad company, quoth Goodman Brown.
A grave, wherever found, preaches a short and pithy sermon to the soul.