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Thomas Hardy Quotes

(1840-1928), British Novelist, Poet

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.

Category: Age And Aging

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!

Category: Candor

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

Category: Contradiction

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

Category: Custom

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.

Category: Faces

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

Category: Heaven

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

Category: Language

A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all. Circumspection and devotion are a contradiction in terms.

Category: Lovers

Some folk want their luck buttered.

Category: Luck

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

Category: Management

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

Category: Obscurity

Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.

Category: Patience

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.

Category: Pessimism

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

Category: Poetry And Poets

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.

Category: Proverbs