Happy 210, Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Oh, for the years I have not lived, but only dreamed of living.”

- Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 4, 1804 - May 19, 1864)

“It is a very genuine admiration, that with which persons too shy or too awkward to take a due part in the bustling world regard the real actors in life’s stirring scenes; so genuine, in fact, that the former are usually fain to make it palatable to their self-love, by assuming that these active and forcible qualities are incompatible with others, which they chose to deem higher and more important.”

The House of the Seven Gables