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Nathaniel Hawthorne

Data de nascimento: 4. Julho 1804
Data de falecimento: 19. Maio 1864

Nathaniel Hawthorne foi um escritor norte-americano, considerado o primeiro grande escritor dos Estados Unidos e o maior contista de seu país, sendo o responsável por tornar o puritanismo de sua época um dos temas centrais da tradição gótica. Wikipedia

Citações Nathaniel Hawthorne

„Ninguém pode, por muito tempo, ter um rosto para si mesmo e outro para a multidão sem no final confundir qual deles é o verdadeiro.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne

No man for any considerate 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 citado em "The American mercury", Volume 58‎ - Página 693, George Jean Nathan, Henry Louis Mencken - American Mercury, 1944

„As carícias são tão necessárias para a vida dos sentimentos como as folhas para as árvores. Sem elas, o amor morre pela raiz.“

—  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.
Our old home: a series of English sketches‎ - Página 236 http://books.google.com.br/books?id=-kYgAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA236, Nathaniel Hawthorne - Houghton, Mifflin, 1868 - 380 páginas

„A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, livro Fanshawe

Fonte: Fanshawe

„We dream in our waking moments, and walk in our sleep.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, livro The Scarlet Letter

Fonte: The Scarlet Letter

„Easy reading is damn hard writing.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne

Also attributed to Ernest Hemingway and others; the earliest definite occurrence of this yet found in research for Wikiquote is by Maya Angelou, who stated it in Conversations With Maya Angelou (1989) edited by Jeffrey M. Elliot:
I think it's Alexander Pope who says, "Easy writing is damn hard reading," and vice versa, easy reading is damn hard writing
The statement she referred to is most probably:
You write with ease, to show your breeding,
But easy writing's curst hard reading
Clio's Protest, or the Picture Varnished (written 1771, published 1819) by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Disputed

„I have not lived, but only dreamed about living.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne

Letter to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (4 June 1837)

„Long, long may it be, ere he comes again! His hour is one of darkness, and adversity, and peril.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, livro The Gray Champion

"The Gray Champion" (1835) from Twice Told Tales (1837, 1851)
Contexto: Long, long may it be, ere he comes again! His hour is one of darkness, and adversity, and peril. But should domestic tyranny oppress us, or the invader's step pollute our soil, still may the Gray Champion come, for he is the type of New England's hereditary spirit; and his shadowy march, on the eve of danger, must ever be the pledge, that New England's sons will vindicate their ancestry.

„A high truth, indeed, fairly, finely, and skilfully wrought out, brightening at every step, and crowning the final development of a work of fiction, may add an artistic glory, but is never any truer, and seldom any more evident, at the last page than at the first.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, livro The House of the Seven Gables

Preface
The House of the Seven Gables (1851)
Contexto: Many writers lay very great stress upon some definite moral purpose, at which they profess to aim their works. Not to be deficient in this particular, the author has provided himself with a moral, — the truth, namely, that the wrong-doing of one generation lives into the successive ones, and, divesting itself of every temporary advantage, becomes a pure and uncontrollable mischief; and he would feel it a singular gratification if this romance might effectually convince mankind — or, indeed, any one man — of the folly of tumbling down an avalanche of ill-gotten gold, or real estate, on the heads of an unfortunate posterity, thereby to maim and crush them, until the accumulated mass shall be scattered abroad in its original atoms. In good faith, however, he is not sufficiently imaginative to flatter himself with the slightest hope of this kind. When romances do really teach anything, or produce any effective operation, it is usually through a far more subtile process than the ostensible one. The author has considered it hardly worth his while, therefore, relentlessly to impale the story with its moral as with an iron rod, — or, rather, as by sticking a pin through a butterfly, — thus at once depriving it of life, and causing it to stiffen in an ungainly and unnatural attitude. A high truth, indeed, fairly, finely, and skilfully wrought out, brightening at every step, and crowning the final development of a work of fiction, may add an artistic glory, but is never any truer, and seldom any more evident, at the last page than at the first.

„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.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne

1851
Notebooks, The American Notebooks (1835 - 1853)
Contexto: 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.

„What, in the name of common-sense, had I to do with any better society than I had always lived in?“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, livro The Blithedale Romance

The Blithedale Romance (1852)
Contexto: What, in the name of common-sense, had I to do with any better society than I had always lived in? It had satisfied me well enough. My pleasant bachelor-parlor, sunny and shadowy, curtained and carpeted, with the bedchamber adjoining... my evening at the billiard club, the concert, the theatre, or at somebody's party, if I pleased - what could be better than all this? Was it better to hoe, to mow, to toil and moil amidst the accumulations of a barnyard; to be the chambermaid of two yoke of oxen and a dozen cows; to eat salt beef, and earn it with the sweat of my brow, and thereby take the tough morsel out of some wretch's mouth, into whose vocation I had thrust myself?

„The moment when a man's head drops off is seldom or never, I am inclined to think, precisely the most agreeable of his life.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, livro The Scarlet Letter

Introduction: The Custom-House
The Scarlet Letter (1850)
Contexto: The moment when a man's head drops off is seldom or never, I am inclined to think, precisely the most agreeable of his life. Nevertheless, like the greater part of our misfortunes, even so serious a contingency brings its remedy and consolation with it, if the sufferer will but make the best, rather than the worst, of the accident which has befallen him.

„How slowly I have made my way in life! How much is still to be done!“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne

Letter http://www.ibiblio.org/eldritch/nh/hb12.html to Horatio Bridge (15 March 1851)
Contexto: How slowly I have made my way in life! How much is still to be done! How little worth — outwardly speaking — is all that I have achieved! The bubble reputation is as much a bubble in literature as in war, and I should not be one whit the happier if mine were world-wide and time-long than I was when nobody but yourself had faith in me.
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.

„Romance and poetry, ivy, lichens and wallflowers need ruin to make them grow.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, livro The Marble Faun

Preface
The Marble Faun (1860)
Contexto: No author, without a trial, can conceive of the difficulty of writing a romance about a country where there is no shadow, no antiquity, no mystery, no picturesque and gloomy wrong, nor anything but a commonplace prosperity, in broad and simple daylight, as is happily the case with my dear native land. It will be very long, I trust, before romance writers may find congenial and easily handled themes, either in the annals of our stalwart republic, or in any characteristic and probable events of our individual lives. Romance and poetry, ivy, lichens and wallflowers need ruin to make them grow.

„I do detest all offices — all, at least, that are held on a political tenure.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne

1840
Notebooks, The American Notebooks (1835 - 1853)
Contexto: I do detest all offices — all, at least, that are held on a political tenure. And I want nothing to do with politicians. Their hearts wither away, and die out of their bodies. Their consciences are turned to india-rubber, or to some substance as black as that, and which will stretch as much.

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