Quotations The Best Thomas Hardy Quotes  

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A list of the best Thomas Hardy quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Thomas Hardy quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Thomas Hardy quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Thomas Hardy should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Thomas Hardy quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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Some folk want their luck buttered. Thomas Hardy

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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

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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. Thomas Hardy

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

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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. Thomas Hardy

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

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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. Thomas Hardy

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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. Thomas Hardy

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

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

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That man's silence is wonderful to listen to. Thomas Hardy

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

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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

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

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

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

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Aspect are within us, and who seems most kingly is king. Thomas Hardy

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

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

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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

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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. Thomas Hardy

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

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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. Thomas Hardy

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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

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michaelj72 added Religious persecutors are not believers, they are scoundrels.