Thomas Hardy short quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all. ---->>>

The sky was clear - remarkably clear - and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse. ---->>>

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

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

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

There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is, seeing something that isn't there. ---->>>

Fear is the mother of foresight.

Fear is the mother of foresight.

Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons. ---->>>

Some folk want their luck buttered.

Some folk want their luck buttered.

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

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

And yet to every bad there is a worse. ---->>>

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

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

A woman would rather visit her own grave than the place where she has been young and beautiful after she is aged and ugly. ---->>>

That man's silence is wonderful to listen to. ---->>>

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

I was court-martial in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence. ---->>>

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

You can do anything with bayonets except sit on them. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

Aspect are within us, and who seems most kingly is king. ---->>>

No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure. ---->>>

My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading. ---->>>

Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.

Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.

Cruelty is the law pervading all nature and society; and we can't get out of it if we would. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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