Thomas Hardy

English novelist and poet (1840-1928)

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A man's silence is wonderful to listen to.
A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.
Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.
Ethelberta breathed a sort of exclamation, not right out, but stealthily, like a parson's damn.
Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.
If a way to the better there be, it lies in taking a full look at the worst.
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!
Let me enjoy the earth no less because the all-enacting light that fashioned forth its loveliness had other aims than my delight.
Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.
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.
Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.
Some folk want their luck buttered.
The fundamental error of their matrimonial union that of having based a permanent contract on a temporary feeling.
The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.
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.
Though a good deal is too strange to be believed, nothing is too strange to have happened.

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