The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool, the truest heroism is to resist the doubt, and the profoundest wisdom to know when it ought to be resisted and when it be obeyed.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864) was an American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer. Much of Hawthorne's writing centers on New England, many works featuring moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, dark romanticism.
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