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Thomas Hardy Quotes

 

If all hearts were open and all desires known -- as they would be if people showed their souls -- how many gapings, sighings, clenched fists, knotted brows, broad grins, and red eyes should we see in the market-place!
There are accents in the eye which are not on the tongue, and more tales come from pale lips than can enter an ear. It is both the grandeur and the pain of the remoter moods that they avoid the pathway of sound.
And yet to every bad there is a worse.
Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.
The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.
My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.
Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.
I am the family face; flesh perishes, I live on, projecting trait and trace through time to times anon, and leaping from place to place over oblivion.
It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.
That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.
It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in a language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
Yes; quaint and curious war is! You shoot a fellow down you'd treat if met where any bar is, or help to half-a-crown.
Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honour as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.
Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.
Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child's play.
Some folk want their luck buttered.
Ethelberta breathed a sort of exclamation, not right out, but stealthily, like a parson's damn.
Don't you go believing in sayings, Picotee: they are all made by men, for their own advantages. Women who use public proverbs as a guide through events are those who have not ingenuity enough to make private ones as each event occurs.
A woman would rather visit her own grave than the place where she has been young and beautiful after she is aged and ugly.
Cruelty is the law pervading all nature and society; and we can't get out of it if we would.
Well: what we gain by science is, after all, sadness, as the Preacher saith. The more we know of the laws and nature of the Universe the more ghastly a business we perceive it all to be -- and the non-necessity of it.
The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.
Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.
Once victim, always victim -- that's the law!
Let me enjoy the earth no less because the all-enacting light that fashioned forth its loveliness had other aims than my delight.
Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.
Let me enjoy the earth no less  Because the all-enacting Might  Which fashioned forth its loveliness  Had other aims than my delight.
A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all.
A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all. Circumspection and devotion are a contradiction in terms.
Aspect are within us, and who seems most kingly is king.
Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.
Fear is the mother of foresight.
Give the enemy not only a road for flight, but also a means of defending it.
Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.
I am the family face; flesh perishes, I live on.
I was court-martial in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.
If way to the better there be, it exacts a full look at the worst.
Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle.
My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion of all the ages and the thought of his own.
No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure.
Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.
The resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.
The sky was clear - remarkably clear - and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse.
The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.
The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performance it is useless. To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.
There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is, seeing something that isn't there.
You can do anything with bayonets except sit on them.
You was a good man, and did good things.

 



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