Thomas Hardy Quotes

- Notable Thomas Hardy Quotes Index -

Born: June 2, 1840, Upper Bockhampton, Dorset, England, UK
Birth Country: UK
Died: Dorchester, Dorset, England, UK, January 11, 1928
Occupation: Author

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

Fear is the mother of foresight.
- Thomas Hardy

I am the family face flesh perishes, I live on.
- Thomas Hardy

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

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

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

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

My argument is that War makes rattling good history but Peace is poor reading.
- Thomas Hardy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Thomas Hardy

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