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'Young Goodman Brown' Quotes

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'Young Goodman Brown' Quotes

Young Goodman Brown is a short story from Nathaniel Hawthorne. The work centers around a young Puritan in New England, and his deal with the Devil. (Another famous American story about a man's Faustian deal with the Devil is The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving--see how the two stories compare...)

Young Goodman Brown (and its author) are famous for being representation of American Romantic literature (Hawthorne is also famous for The Scarlet Letter) The story is often studied in American literature classrooms (high school and college), as an important short work involving he Puritans (and other essential themes). Following, you'll find just a few important quotes from the short story, Young Goodman Brown! Which one is your favorite (or do you prefer a quote from one of Hawthorne's other works)?

  • "Prithee put off your journey until sunrise and sleep in your own bed to-night. A lone woman is troubled with such dreams and such thoughts that she's afeard of herself sometimes. Pray tarry with me this night, dear husband, of all nights in the year."
    - Nathaniel Hawthorne Biography, Young Goodman Brown

  • "The traveller knows not who may be concealed by the innumerable trunks and the thick boughs overhead; so that with lonely footsteps he may yet be passing through an unseen multitude."
    - Nathaniel Hawthorne Biography, Young Goodman Brown

  • "On he flew among the black pines, brandishing his staff with frenzied gestures, now giving vent to an inspiration of horrid blasphemy, and now shouting forth such laughter as set all the echoes of the forest laughing like demons around him. The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of man."
    - Nathaniel Hawthorne Biography, Young Goodman Brown

  • "The young man sat a few moments by the roadside, applauding himself greatly, and thinking with how clear a conscience he should meet the minister in his morning walk, nor shrink from the eye of good old Deacon Gookin."
    - Nathaniel Hawthorne Biography, Young Goodman Brown

  • "With this excellent resolve for the future, goodman Brown felt himself justified in making more haste on his present evil purpose."
    - Nathaniel Hawthorne Biography, Young Goodman Brown

  • "He beheld the figure of a man, in grave and decent attire."
    - Nathaniel Hawthorne Biography, Young Goodman Brown

  • "But, irreverently consorting with these grave, reputable, and pious people, these elders of the church, these chaste dames and dewy virgins, there were men of dissolute lives and women of spotted fame, wretches given over to all mean and filthy vice, and suspected even of horrid crimes. It was strange to see that the good shrank not from the wicked, nor were the sinners abashed by the saints."
    - Nathaniel Hawthorne Biography, Young Goodman Brown

  • "By the sympathy of your human hearts for sin ye shall scent out all the places-whether in church, bedchamber, street, field, or forest-where crime has been committed, and shall exult to behold the whole earth one stain of guilt, one mighty blood spot."
    - Nathaniel Hawthorne Biography, Young Goodman Brown

  • "The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of man."
    - Nathaniel Hawthorne Biography, Young Goodman Brown

  • "Now are ye undeceived. Evil is the nature of mankind. Evil must be your only happiness. Welcome again, my children, to the communion of your race."
    - Nathaniel Hawthorne Biography, Young Goodman Brown

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