"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."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Nathaniel Hawthorne on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Nathaniel Hawthorne on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Nathaniel Hawthorne on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Nathaniel Hawthorne on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Nathaniel Hawthorne on Winston Churchill
"Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers."
"Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature."
"We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream it may be so the moment after death."
"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."
"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."