Happy Birthday, Nathaniel Hawthorne!

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 4th, 1804. He authored many books and short stories throughout his life, including The Scarlet Letter (1850), “Young Goodman Brown” (1835), and The House of the Seven Gables (1851).

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Great Quotes from Hawthorne’s Works:

  • “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.” — The Scarlet Letter
  • “She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.” — The Scarlet Letter
  • “Shall we never, never get rid of this Past? … It lies upon the Present like a giant’s dead body.” — The House of the Seven Gables
  • “On he flew among the black pines, brandishing his staff with frenzied gestures, now giving vent to an inspiration of horrid blasphemy, and now shouting forth such laughter as set all the echoes of the forest laughing like demons around him. The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of man.” — “Young Goodman Brown”
  • “[W]ith her whole spirit she prayed that, for a single moment, she might satisfy his highest and deepest conception. Longer than one moment she well knew it could not be; for his spirit was ever on the march, ever ascending . . . [requiring] something that was beyond the scope of the instant before.” — “The Birthmark”
  • “When the friend shows his inmost heart to his friend; the lover to his best-beloved; when man does not vainly shrink from the eye of his Creator, loathsomely treasuring up the secret of his sin; then deem me a monster, for the symbol beneath which I have lived, and die! I look around me, and, lo! on every visage a black veil!” — “The Minister’s Black Veil”
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4 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Nathaniel Hawthorne!”

  1. Hi Kathetine! I know this is unrelated to your post, but I was just at Hedgebrook and read your journal entry!! You have one of the best journal entries ever! So honest; so funny; so on point; and sooooooo true!!!! Thank you for sharing!! I was like, I have to get to know her!! Stay in touch! ~Best, N

    1. Whoa! I’m so thrilled! Thank you for looking me up! 😀 Feel free to shoot me an email anytime! I’d love to hear more about your experience at Hedgebrook as well as your writing — kcmeadbrewer[at]gmail.com

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