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Famous quotes by Thomas Hardy on love, fate, death and other things.

100 Famous Quotes By Thomas Hardy, The Author Of Tess Of The D'Urbervilles

Quick Facts

Famous As: Novelist & Poet

Born On: June 2, 1840

Died On: January 11, 1928

Born In: England

Died At Age: 87

Without a doubt, Thomas Hardy was one of the most accomplished and admired Victorian English novelists and poets who came up with the legendary English novels, ‘Tess of the D’Ubervilles’, ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’, ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ and ‘Jude the Obscure’. Most of his novels revolved around tragic characters struggling against their passions and social circumstances, set in the backdrop of semi-fictional region of Wessex. Though Hardy is best remembered today as a novelist, he primarily considered himself a poet first. Despite this, his first collection of poem came in only in 1898 as ‘Wessex Poems’. Though the poems were not well received then, it was later that Hardy’s poetry cast an important influence on the 1950s and 1960s poets. In his works, Hardy was highly critical of much in Victorian society, focusing more on a declining rural society. He mostly used a traditionalist technique and explored a fatalist outlook against the dark rugged landscape. Just as his novels and poetry, Hardy’s quotes are equally famous and popular. They touch various genres of life, from love to religion, time to travel and so on and give a new perspective to life.  Browse through this section and explore quotes by Thomas Hardy.
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Though a good deal is too strange to be believed, nothing is too strange to have happened.

Thomas Hardy

They spoke very little of their mutual feeling; pretty phrases and warm expressions being probably unnecessary between such tried friends.

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

Happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain.

Thomas Hardy

Beauty lay not in the thing, but in what the thing symbolized.

Thomas Hardy

People go on marrying because they can't resist natural forces, although many of them may know perfectly well that they are possibly buying a month's pleasure with a life's discomfort.

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

Love is a possible strength in an actual weakness.

Thomas Hardy

Did it never strike your mind that what every woman says, some women may feel?

Thomas Hardy

Ladies know what to guard against, because they read novels that tell them of these tricks…

Thomas Hardy

But no one came. Because no one ever does.

Thomas Hardy

Why is it that a woman can see from a distance what a man cannot see close?

Thomas Hardy

And at home by the fire, whenever you look up there I shall be— and whenever I look up, there will be you. -Gabriel Oak

Thomas Hardy

I shall do one thing in this life - one thing certain - that is, love you, and long for you, and keep wanting you till I die.

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

The beauty or ugliness of a character lay not only in its achievements, but in its aims and impulses; its true history lay, not among things done, but among things willed.

Thomas Hardy

A man's silence is wonderful to listen to.

Thomas Hardy

...our impulses are too strong for our judgement sometimes

Thomas Hardy

Well, what I mean is that I shouldn't mind being a bride at a wedding, if I could be one without having a husband.

Thomas Hardy

You have never loved me as I love you--never--never! Yours is not a passionate heart--your heart does not burn in a flame! You are, upon the whole, a sort of fay, or sprite-- not a woman!

Thomas Hardy

This hobble of being alive is rather serious, don’t you think so?

Thomas Hardy

She was of the stuff of which great men's mothers are made. She was indispensable to high generation, feared at tea-parties, hated in shops, and loved at crises.

Thomas Hardy

So each had a private little sun for her soul to bask in; some dream, some affection, some hobby, or at least some remote and distant hope....

Thomas Hardy

Sometimes I shrink from your knowing what I have felt for you, and sometimes I am distressed that all of it you will never know.

Thomas Hardy

I agree to the conditions, Angel; because you know best what my punishment ought to be; only - only - don't make it more than I can bear!

Thomas Hardy

My eyes were dazed by you for a little, and that was all.

Thomas Hardy

You overrate my capacity of love. I don't posess half the warmth of nature you believe me to have. An unprotected childhood in a cold world has beaten gentleness out of me.

Thomas Hardy

Don't think of what's past!" said she. "I am not going to think outside of now. Why should we! Who knows what tomorrow has in store?

Thomas Hardy

Remember that the best and greatest among mankind are those who do themselves no worldly good. Every successful man is more or less a selfish man. The devoted fail...

Thomas Hardy

We colour and mould according to the wants within us whatever our eyes bring in.

Thomas Hardy

If we be doomed to marry, we marry; if we be doomed to remain single we do.

Thomas Hardy

The business of the poet and the novelist is to show the sorriness underlying the grandest things and the grandeur underlying the sorriest things.

Thomas Hardy

Do you know that I have undergone three quarters of this labour entirely for the sake of the fourth quarter?

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

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Thomas Hardy

But his dreams were as gigantic as his surroundings were small.

Thomas Hardy

Where we are would be Paradise to me, if you would only make it so.

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

Thomas Hardy

...she moved about in a mental cloud of many-coloured idealities, which eclipsed all sinister contingencies by its brightness.

Thomas Hardy

Tis because we be on a blighted star, and not a sound one, isn't it Tess?

Thomas Hardy

It may have been observed that there is no regular path for getting out of love as there is for getting in. Some people look upon marriage as a short cut that way, but it has been known to fail.

Thomas Hardy

All romances end at marriage.

Thomas Hardy

It is rarely that the pleasures of the imagination will compensate for the pain of sleeplessness,

Thomas Hardy

That it would always be summer and autumn, and you always courting me, and always thinking as much of me as you have done through the past summertime!

Thomas Hardy

There's a friendly tie of some sort between music and eating.

Thomas Hardy

To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature.

Thomas Hardy

I may do some good before I am dead--be a sort of success as a frightful example of what not to do; and so illustrate a moral story.

Thomas Hardy

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

Thomas Hardy

And yet to every bad, there is a worse

Thomas Hardy

You ride well, but you don't kiss nicely at all.

Thomas Hardy

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

But some women only require an emergency to make them fit for one.

Thomas Hardy

The perfect woman, you see [is] a working-woman; not an idler; not a fine lady; but one who [uses] her hands and her head and her heart for the good of others.

Thomas Hardy

They spoke very little of their mutual feelings: pretty phrases and warm attentions being probably unnecessary between such tried friends.

Thomas Hardy

You concede nothing to me and I have to concede everything to you.

Thomas Hardy

Well, these sad and hopeless obstacles are welcome in one sense, for they enable us to look with indifference upon the cruel satires that Fate loves to indulge in.

Thomas Hardy

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

Thomas Hardy

A blaze of love and extinction, was better than a lantern glimmer of the same which should last long years.

Thomas Hardy

When women are secret they are secret indeed; and more often then not they only begin to be secret with the advent of a second lover.

Thomas Hardy

I have felt lately, more and more, that my present way of living is bad in every respect.

Thomas Hardy

I am not a fool, you know, although I am a woman, and have my woman’s moments.

Thomas Hardy

Some folks want their luck buttered.

Thomas Hardy

So do flux and reflux--the rhythm of change--alternate and persist in everything under the sky.

Thomas Hardy

Bless thy simplicity, Tess

Thomas Hardy

When a strong woman recklessly throws away her strength she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.

Thomas Hardy

We ought to have lived in mental communion, and no more.

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

Love, though added emotion, is substracted capacity

Thomas Hardy

I want to question my belief, so that what is left after I have questioned it, will be even stronger.

Thomas Hardy

It was the touch of the imperfect upon the would-be perfect that gave the sweetness, because it was that which gave the humanity

Thomas Hardy

It was terribly beautiful to Tess today, for since her eyes last fell upon it she had learnt that the serpent hisses where the sweet birds sing.

Thomas Hardy

Many of her thoughts were perfect syllogisms; unluckily they always remained thoughts. Only a few were irrational assumptions; but, unfortunately, they were the ones which most frequently grew into deeds

Thomas Hardy

You could sometimes see her twelfth year in her cheeks, or her ninth sparkling from her eyes; and even her fifth would flit over the curves of her mouth now and then.

Thomas Hardy

A novel is an impression, not an argument.

Thomas Hardy

Done because we are too many.

Thomas Hardy

It was then that the ecstasy and the dream began, in which emotion was the matter of the universe, and matter but an adventitious intrusion likely to hinder you from spinning where you wanted to spin.

Thomas Hardy

I forgot the defective can be more than the whole

Thomas Hardy

Men thin away to insignificance and oblivion quite as often by not making the most of good spirits when they have them as by lacking good spirits when they are indispensable.

Thomas Hardy

Good, better, best Never let it rest, Till ur good is better And better is best.

Thomas Hardy

Black chaos comes, and the fettered gods of the earth say, Let there be light.

Thomas Hardy

Once let a maiden admit the possibility of her being stricken with love for some one at a certain hour and place, and the thing is as good as done.

Thomas Hardy

--the ethereal, fine-nerved, sensitive girl, quite unfitted by temperament and instinct to fulfil the conditions of the matrimonial relation with Phillotson, possibly with scarce any man...

Thomas Hardy

Women are so strange in their influence that they tempt you to misplaced kindness.

Thomas Hardy

A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all.

Thomas Hardy

Teach me to live, that I may dread The grave as little as my bed. Teach me to die…

Thomas Hardy

I wish I had never been born--there or anywhere else.

Thomas Hardy

She had learned the lesson of renunciation and was as familiar with the wreck of each day's wishes as with the diurnal setting of the sun.

Thomas Hardy

In the ill-judged execution of the well-judged plan of things the call seldom produces the comer, the man to love rarely coincides with the hour for loving

Thomas Hardy

O, you have torn my life all to pieces... made me be what I prayed you in pity not to make me be again!

Thomas Hardy

Always wanting another man than your own.

Thomas Hardy

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

Thomas Hardy

Love is an utterly bygone, sorry, worn-out, miserable thing with me- for him or anyone else.

Thomas Hardy

She was but a transient impression, half forgotten.

Thomas Hardy

You are absolutely the most ethereal, least sensual woman I ever knew to exist without inhuman sexlessness.

Thomas Hardy

Thoroughly convinced of the impossibility of his own suit, a high resolve constrained him not to injure that of another. This is a lover's most stoical virtue, as the lack of it is a lover's most venial sin.

Thomas Hardy

They were as sublime as the moon and stars above them, and the moon ans stars were as ardent as they.

Thomas Hardy

You simply mean that you flirted outrageously with him, poor old chap, and then repented, and to make reparation, married him, though you tortured yourself to death by doing it.

Thomas Hardy

I hate to be what is called a clever girl--there are too many of that sort now!

Thomas Hardy

O, how I wish I had never seen him! Loving is misery for women always.

Thomas Hardy

The smile on your mouth was the deadest thing alive enough to have strength to die. (from "Neutral Tones")

Thomas Hardy