Here's one, not sure where to put it: "America is now wholly given over to a damned mob of scribbling women, and I should have no chance of success while the public taste is occupied with their trash--and should be ashamed of myself if I did succeed. What is the mystery of this innumerable editions of the 'Lamplighter,' and other books neither better nor worse?--worse they could not be, and better they need not be, when they sell by the 100,000." - from Nelson, Randy F. (editor). The Almanac of American Letters. Los Altos, California: William Kaufmann, Inc., 1981: 146. ISBN 086576008X
- Since the quote does not name the original source, the best thing to do would be to look for the source on Google or Google Book Search. After doing so, I found that it was in a letter dated January 19, 1855 to Hawthorne's publisher, William D. Ticknor (as seen here, for example). I'll go ahead and add it in the appropriate chronological place. - InvisibleSun 23:59, 13 May 2008 (UTC)
- Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.