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

— Thomas Hardy

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To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature.

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O, you have torn my life all to pieces.

.. made me be what I prayed you in pity not to make me be again!

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Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.

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The perfect woman, you see [is] a working-woman;

not an idler; not a fine lady; but one who [uses] her hands and her head and her heart for the good of others.

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The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.

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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.

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I shall do one thing in this life-one thing certain-this is, love you, and long of you, and keep wanting you till I die.

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And at home by the fire, whenever you look up there I shall be— and whenever I look up, there will be you. -Gabriel Oak

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The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.

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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.

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A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all.

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We colour and mould according to the wants within us whatever our eyes bring in.

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About Thomas Hardy

Quotes 178 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.

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A blaze of love and extinction, was better than a lantern glimmer of the same which should last long years.

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It was the touch of the imperfect upon the would-be perfect that gave the sweetness, because it was that which gave the humanity

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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.

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Women are so strange in their influence that they tempt you to misplaced kindness.

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

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Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

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There is always an inertia to be overcome in striking out a new line of conduct – not more in ourselves, it seems, than in circumscribing events, which appear as if leagued together to allow no novelties in the way of amelioration.

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Teach me to live, that I may dread The grave as little as my bed. Teach me to die.

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

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She was at that modulating point between indifference and love, at the stage called having a fancy for. It occurs once in the history of the most gigantic passions, and it is a period when they are in the hands of the weakest will.

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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!

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Some folk want their luck buttered.

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A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.

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If we be doomed to marry, we marry; if we be doomed to remain single we do.

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If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.

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It was then that the ecstasy and the dream began, in which emotion was the matter of the universe, and matter but an adventitious intrusion likely to hinder you from spinning where you wanted to spin.

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

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It was terribly beautiful to Tess today, for since her eyes last fell upon it she had learnt that the serpent hisses where the sweet birds sing.

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My weakness has always been to prefer the large intention of an unskilful artist to the trivial intention of an accomplished one: in other words, I am more interested in the high ideas of a feeble executant than in the high execution of a feeble thinker.

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Beauty lay not in the thing, but in what the thing symbolized.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.

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To be loved to madness--such was her great desire.

Love was to her the one cordial which could drive away the eating loneliness of her days. And she seemed to long for the abstraction called passionate love more than for any particular lover.

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

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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.

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If the story-tellers could ha' got decency and good morals from true stories, who'd have troubled to invent parables?

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My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion of all the ages and the thought of his own.

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you are absolutely the most ethereal, least sensual woman I ever knew to exist without inhuman sexlessness.

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This hobble of being alive is rather serious, don’t you think so?

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The smile on your mouth was the deadest thing alive enough to have strength to die. (from "Neutral Tones")

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That one true heart was left behind! What feeling do we ever find, to equal among human kind , a dog's fidelity!

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Never in her life – she could swear it from the bottom of her soul – had she ever intended to do wrong; yet these hard judgments had come. Whatever her sins, they were not sins of intention, but of inadvertence, and why should she have been punished so persistently?

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Once victim, always victim -- that's the law!

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