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March 8, 2017

Quotations by Thomas Hardy


THOMAS HARDY (1840 –1928) WAS AN ENGLISH NOVELIST AND POET.

“It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.”  ~ Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

“It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.”
~ Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

 “A strong woman who recklessly throws away her strength, she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.”
~ Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“If an offense come out of the truth, better is it that the offense come than that the truth be concealed.”
~ Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“Happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain.”
~ Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge

“Love is a possible strength in an actual weakness.”
~ Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

“Did it never strike your mind that what every woman says, some women may feel?”
~ Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“Ladies know what to guard against, because they read novels that tell them of these tricks…”
~ Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“Why is it that a woman can see from a distance what a man cannot see close?”
~ Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native

“Remember that the best and greatest among mankind are those who do themselves no worldly good. Every successful man is more or less a selfish man. The devoted fail...”
~ Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

“The beauty or ugliness of a character lay not only in its achievements, but in its aims and impulses; its true history lay, not among things done, but among things willed.”
~ Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“You have never loved me as I love you--never--never! Yours is not a passionate heart--your heart does not burn in a flame! You are, upon the whole, a sort of fay, or sprite-- not a woman!”
~ Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

“A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.”
~ Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

“It was the touch of the imperfect upon the would-be perfect that gave the sweetness, because it was that which gave the humanity”
~ Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“It may have been observed that there is no regular path for getting out of love as there is for getting in. Some people look upon marriage as a short cut that way, but it has been known to fail.”
~ Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

“That it would always be summer and autumn, and you always courting me, and always thinking as much of me as you have done through the past summertime!”
~ Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“Indifference to fate which, though it often makes a villain of a man, is the basis of his sublimity when it does not.”
~ Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

“Many of her thoughts were perfect syllogisms; unluckily they always remained thoughts. Only a few were irrational assumptions; but, unfortunately, they were the ones which most frequently grew into deeds”
~ Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

“People go on marrying because they can't resist natural forces, although many of them may know perfectly well that they are possibly buying a month's pleasure with a life's discomfort.”
~ Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

“They spoke very little of their mutual feeling; pretty phrases and warm expressions being probably unnecessary between such tried friends.”
~ Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd
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