"Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."Nathaniel Hawthorne on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."Nathaniel Hawthorne on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."Nathaniel Hawthorne on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."Nathaniel Hawthorne on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."Nathaniel Hawthorne on Dalai Lama
"Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers."
"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."
"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."