Thomas Hardy Quotes

Thomas Hardy, 1840 – 1928

Born: 2 June 1840, Stinsford, Dorchester, Dorset, England, UK
Died: 11 January 1928, Dorchester, Dorset, England, UK

Hardy assisted his stonemason father as a youth so it was natural that at sixteen he apprenticed to a local architect, he continued to study and work that trade after moving to London in 1862. His first novel was never published, the next two were published anonymously, and in 1873 A Pair of Blue Eyes was published under his own name. It was the first “cliffhanger” in literary history: At the end of one serialized installment, a character was left actually hanging from a cliff. The next year he created the fictional area “Wessex” in Far from the Madding Crowd and had enough success to give up architecture for writing. Well known today for that and Tess of the d’Urbervilles he published a total of fourteen novels and three volumes of short stories, but his later work so offended prudish Victorians that he abandoned the novel in 1895. He had always considered himself a poet who wrote novels for the money so the opportunity to devote himself to poetry was probably not unwelcome. Hardy fell ill with pleurisy and died within the month. A conflict between his family and his executor led to two simultaneous funerals; his family buried his heart with his first wife at Stinsford, his executor interred his ashes in Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey.

Thomas Hardy quotes:

A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all. Circumspection and devotion are a contradiction in terms.
    Thomas Hardy – The Hand of Ethelberta (1876)

A man’s body is as the shell, or the tablet, of his soul, as he is reserved or ingenuous, overflowing or self-contained.
    Thomas Hardy – Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)

A man’s silence is wonderful to listen to.
    Thomas Hardy

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

A strong woman who recklessly throws away her strength, she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.
    Thomas Hardy – Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891)

A well proportioned mind is one which shows no particular bias; one of which we may safely say that it will never cause its owner to be confined as a madman, tortured as a heretic, or crucified as a blasphemer. Also, on the other hand, that it will never cause him to be applauded as a prophet, revered as a priest, or exalted as a king. Its usual blessings are happiness and mediocrity.
    Thomas Hardy – The Return of the Native (1878)

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

And yet to every bad there is a worse.
    Thomas Hardy

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

Beauty lay not in the thing, but in what the thing symbolized.
    Thomas Hardy – Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891)

But no one came. Because no one ever does.
    Thomas Hardy – Jude the Obscure (1895)

But nothing is more insidious than the evolution of wishes from mere fancies, and of wants from mere wishes.
    Thomas Hardy

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

Did it never strike your mind that what every woman says, some women may feel?
    Thomas Hardy – Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891)

Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons!
    Thomas Hardy – Jude the Obscure (1895)

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

Everybody must be managed. Queens must be managed. Kings must be managed, for men want managing almost as much as women, and that’s saying a good deal.
    Thomas Hardy – Under the Greenwood Tree (1872)

Fear is the mother of foresight.
    Thomas Hardy

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

Happiness is but a mere episode in the general drama of pain.
    Thomas Hardy

How bewitched I was! How could there be any good in a woman that everybody spoke ill of?
    Thomas Hardy – The Return of the Native (1878)

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

If an offense come out of the truth, better is it that the offense come than that the truth be concealed.
    Thomas Hardy – Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891)

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

If the story-tellers could ha’ got decency and good morals from true stories, who’d have troubled to invent parables?
    Thomas Hardy – Under the Greenwood Tree (1872)

In making even horizontal and clear inspections we colour and mould according to the wants within us whatever our eyes bring in.
    Thomas Hardy – Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)

Indifference to fate which, though it often makes a villain of a man, is the basis of his sublimity when it does not.
    Thomas Hardy – Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)

Is a woman a thinking unit at all, or a fraction always wanting its integer?
    Thomas Hardy

It appears that ordinary men take wives because possession is not possible without marriage, and that ordinary women accept husbands because marriage is not possible without possession; with totally differing aims the method is the same on both sides.
    Thomas Hardy – Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)

It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
    Thomas Hardy – Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)

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