Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes

What we call real estate--the solid ground to build a house on--is the broad foundation on which nearly all the guilt of this world rests.

 
Context
Essentially whereas many property owners have paid for their ownership in recent times, almost all real estate, wherever it is, that is privately owned was at some time in the past obtained by force, fraud, deceit, from someone else. In most cases, the owners who were killed, defrauded or otherwise removed from their land, had previously killed, defrauded or otherwise removed owners before them. There is almost no guilt untainted land. This was not just a product of capitalism, but has been a factor in every ism that has governed human society.
Citations

Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804-1864, Writer, The House of Seven Gables

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Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Born: July 4, 1804
  • Died: May 19, 1864
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Novelist

Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer.