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Quotation by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Man's own youth is the world's youth; at least he feels as if it were, and imagines that the earth's granite substance is something not yet hardened, and which he can mould into whatever shape he likes.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864), U.S. author. The House of the Seven Gables, ch. 12 (1851).
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