Thomas Hardy Quotes

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Thomas Hardy was a novelist and a poet. He was also a short story writer; his poems were related to natural movements, although he wrote only for financial gains only. All his literature He was born on 2nd June 1840 at Higher Bockhampton in Dorser, England. He completed his formal education at the age of 16, he was trained as an architect before he move to London in 1862. He won many prizes in this field of architect. He got good reputation in London but he never felt home in London. His first novel was The Poor Man and the Lady, which was destroyed, as no publisher was ready to publish it. In 1898 Hardy published his first volume of poetry, Wessex Poems, a collection of poems written over 30 years. Hardy claimed poetry as his first love, and published collections until his death in 1928.

Thomas Hardy Quotes, Sayings and Quotations

A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all.
– Thomas Hardy

A woman would rather visit her own grave than the place where she has been young and beautiful after she is aged and ugly.
– Thomas Hardy

An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small, in blast-beruffled plume.
– Thomas Hardy

Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.
– Thomas Hardy

Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.
– Thomas Hardy

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.
– Thomas Hardy

Ethelberta breathed a sort of exclamation, not right out, but stealthily, like a parson’s damn.
– Thomas Hardy

Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.
– Thomas Hardy

Fear is the mother of foresight.
– Thomas Hardy

Give the enemy not only a road for flight, but also a means of defending it.
– Thomas Hardy

Had other aims than my delight.
– Thomas Hardy

I am the family face; flesh perishes, I live on.
– Thomas Hardy

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!
– Thomas Hardy

If way to the better there be, it exacts a full look at the worst.
– Thomas Hardy

Let me enjoy the earth no less because the all-enacting light that fashioned forth its loveliness had other aims than my delight.
– Thomas Hardy

Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle.
– Thomas Hardy

Man, without religion, is the creature of circumstances.
– Thomas Hardy

No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure.
– Thomas Hardy

Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.
– Thomas Hardy

Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.
– Thomas Hardy

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.
– Thomas Hardy

Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.
– Thomas Hardy

The excessive regard of parents for their children, and their dislike of other people’s is, like class feeling, patriotism, save-your-soul-ism, and other virtues, a mean exclusiveness at bottom.
– Thomas Hardy

The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.
– Thomas Hardy

There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is, seeing something that isn’t there.
– Thomas Hardy

Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.
– Thomas Hardy

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.
– Thomas Hardy

War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.
– Thomas Hardy

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.
– Thomas Hardy


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