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The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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#10

 

I find nothing so singular to life as that everything appears to lose its substance the instant one actually grapples with it.

--NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The House of the Seven Gables, Chapter 3

 
#9
 

A man will commit almost any wrong -- he will heap up an immense pile of wickedness, as hard as granite, and which will weigh heavily upon his soul, to eternal ages—only to build a great, gloomy, dark-chambered mansion, for himself to die in, and for his posterity to be miserable in. He lays his own dead corpse beneath the underpinning, as one may say, and hangs his frowning picture on the wall, and, after thus converting himself into an Evil Destiny, expects his remotest great-grandchildren to be happy there!

--NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The House of the Seven Gables, Chapter 17

 
#8
 

You are partly crazy, and partly imbecile; a ruin, a failure, as almost everybody is -- though some in less degree, or less perceptibly, than their fellows.

--NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The House of the Seven Gables, Chapter 10

 
#7
 

Life is made up of marble and mud.

--NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The House of the Seven Gables, Chapter 2

 
#6
 

As a general rule, Providence seldom vouchsafes to mortals any more than just that degree of encouragement which suffices to keep them at a reasonably full exertion of their powers.

--NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The House of the Seven Gables, Chapter 3

 
#5
 

Of all the events which constitute a person's biography, there is scarcely one — none, certainly, of anything like a similar importance — to which the world so easily reconciles itself as to his death.

--NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The House of the Seven Gables, Chapter 21

 
#4
 

Strength is incomprehensible by weakness, and, therefore, the more terrible.

--NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The House of the Seven Gables, Chapter 11

 
#3
 

Shall we never, never get rid of this Past?... It lies upon the Present like a giant's dead body.

--NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The House of the Seven Gables, Chapter 12

 
#2
 

The influential classes, and those who take upon themselves to be leaders of the people, are fully liable to all the passionate error that has ever characterized the maddest mob.

--NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The House of the Seven Gables, Chapter 1

 
#1
 

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

--NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The House of the Seven Gables, Chapter 11

 
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