Thomas Hardy
Quotations


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.

My weakness has always been to prefer the large intention of an unskillful artist to the trivial intention of an accomplished one: in other words, I am more interested in the high ideas of a feeble executant than in the high execution of a feeble thinker.

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!

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

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.

Circumspection and devotion are a contradiction in terms.

Some folk want their luck buttered.

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

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



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