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Easy reading is damn hard writing. ...
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Easy reading is damn hard writing.
- 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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

Moonlight is sculpture.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.
- 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

Sunlight is painting.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Joy is a choice - but it isn't an easy choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself.
You will then find out how easy it is to get along.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words
but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

When men are easy in their circumstances,
they are naturally enemies to innovations.
- Joseph Addison

Do the difficult things while they are easy
and do the great things while they are small.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
- Lao Tzu

What if we just pretended that life was easy?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

All difficult things have
their origin in that which is easy,
and great things in that which is small.
- Lao Tzu

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.
- Epictetus

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.
- Lao Tzu

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed,
easy to get into, but hard to get out of.
- Proverb

When life is too easy for us, we must beware
or we may not be ready to meet the blows
which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

What if we just acted like everything was easy?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Forgiveness is not always easy.
At times, it feels more painful
than the wound we suffered,
to forgive the one that inflicted it.
And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
- Marianne Williamson

Do not pray for easy lives.
Pray to be stronger men.
- John F. Kennedy

Lord, where we are wrong,
make us willing to change;
where we are right,
make us easy to live with.
- Peter Marshall

Joy is a Choice - but Not an Easy Choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I was taught that the way of progress
is neither swift nor easy.
- Marie Curie

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere,
and many of us will have to pass
through the valley of the shadow of death
again and again before we reach
the mountaintop of our desires.
- Nelson Mandela

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest
for easy answers and half-baked solutions.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa

Know that joy is a choice, but it isn't an easy choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions;
it is easy in solitude to live after your own;
but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd
keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends.
But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy
is the quintessence of true religion.
The other is mere business.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Life is not easy for any of us.
But what of that?
We must have perseverance
and above all confidence in ourselves.
We must believe that we are gifted for something
and that this thing must be attained.
- Marie Curie

Rainbows and butterflies are themselves beautiful and highly symbolic,
but they are also representative of
all the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline
when you're a winner, when you're number one.
What you've got to have is faith and discipline
when you're not yet a winner.
- Vince Lombardi

It's so easy to fall in love
but hard to find someone who will catch you.
- Anonymous


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