Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

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

"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."

"Perhaps, moreover, he whose genius appears deepest and truest excels his fellows in nothing save the knack of expression; he throws out occasionally a lucky hint at truths of which every human soul is profoundly though unutterably conscious."

"It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates."

"A grace, wherever found, preaches a short and pithy sermon to the soul."