Quotations From THOMAS HARDY

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  • 11.
    Ethelberta breathed a sort of exclamation, not right out, but stealthily, like a parson's damn.
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. The Hand of Ethelberta, ch. 26 (1876).
  • 12.
    And ghosts then keep their distance; and I know some liberty.
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Wessex Heights (l. 32). . . The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy. James Gibson, ed. (1978) Macmillan.
  • 13.
    It is safer to accept any chance that offers itself, and extemporize a procedure to fit it, than to get a good plan matured, and wait for a chance of using it.
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Far from the Madding Crowd, ch. VI (1874).
  • 14.
    Dialect words—those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. The Mayor of Casterbridge, ch. 20 (1886).
  • 15.
    And yet to every bad there is a worse.
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. The Woodlanders, ch. 34 (1887).
  • 16.
    That cold accretion called the world, which, so terrible in the mass, is so unformidable, even pitiable, in its units.
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Tess of the D'Urbervilles, ch. 13 (1891).

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  • 17.
    My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion of all the ages and the thought of his own.
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Remark, 1918. Quoted in Florence Emily Hardy, The Later Years of Thomas Hardy, ch. 15 (1930).
  • 18.
    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 (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. "Birthday Notes," quoted in Florence Emily Hardy, The Later Years of Thomas Hardy, ch. 17 (1930).
  • 19.
    That cold accretion called the world, which, so terrible in the mass, is so unformidable, even pitiable, in its units.
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Tess of the D'Urbervilles, ch. 13 (1891).

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  • 20.
    It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Bathsheba, in Far from the Madding Crowd, ch. 51 (1874).

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