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The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt
whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool;
the truest heroism is to resist the doubt;
and the profoundest wisdom,
to know when it ought to be resisted,
and when it be obeyed.
- 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

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

Love, whether newly born, or aroused from a deathlike slumber,
must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance,
this it overflows upon the outward world.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

You can get assent to almost any proposition so long
as you are not going to do anything about it.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Time flies over us, but leaves it shadow behind.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Life is made up of marble and mud.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

A woman's chastity consists, like an onion,
of a series of coats.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease.
The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

We must not always talk in the market-place of what
happens to us in the forest.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst,
but the best of our nature.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of
waking from a troubled dream;
it may be so the moment after death.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

A stale article, if you dip it in a good,
warm, sunny smile, will go off better than a fresh
one that you've scowled upon.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

My fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who
should entertain an idea of committing suicide,
and, altogether beyond his hopes, meet with the good hap to be murdered.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Easy reading is damn hard writing.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Moonlight is sculpture.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin.
Economics and art are strangers.
- 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.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sunlight is painting.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

The only sensible ends of literature are,
first, the pleasurable toil of writing;
second,
the gratification of one's family and friends;
and lastly,
the solid cash.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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.
- 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

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 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

Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry,
or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great
deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed.
Their highest merit is suggestiveness.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human
virtue and happiness they might originally project,
have invariably recognized it among their earliest
practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery,
and another portion as the site of a prison.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

The greatest wealth is health.
- Virgil

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown.
Seek to meet the unknown with courage and a sense of adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The secret of making dreams come true
can be summarized in four C's.
They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy;
and the greatest of these is Confidence.
- Walt Disney

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

To be yourself in a world that
is constantly trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your greatest gift to others is to be happy
and to radiate your happiness to the entire world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You will never do anything in this world without courage.
It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
- James Allen

The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human being
can alter his life by
altering his attitude
- William James

Health is the greatest gift,
contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship.
- The Buddha

The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self,
can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Only when life is difficult,
are we challenged to become our greatest selves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest lovers are like twin blooms,
each reflecting the passion and the glory of the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My greatest service to others is living happily,
and radiating happiness and joy to those around me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest test of courage on earth
is to bear defeat without losing heart.
- Robert Ingersoll

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Nelson Mandela

Know that the greatest gift you can give the world is your happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest way to live with honor in this world
is to be what we pretend to be.
- Socrates

Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.
It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction
devised by the ingenuity of man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life
than the greatest of things without it.
- Carl Jung

Action is our greatest weapon against fear.
Left to molder, fear grows upon itself,
but in the face of action,
fear is left in the dust.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Misunderstanding arising from ignorance breeds fear,
and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace.
- Lester B. Pearson

It is of the small joys and little pleasures
that the greatest of our days are built.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
- Plato

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
- Mark Twain

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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