Quotes by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

British writer and poet

Alive from: 1840-1928

Category: Poets (Contemporary) | Writers (Contemporary)

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    My argument is that war makes rattling good history; but peace is poor reading.
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    Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.
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    Once victim, always victim - that's the law!
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    Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child's play.
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    Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.
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    Some folk want their luck buttered.
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    The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.
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    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.
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    Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.
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    Well: what we gain by science is, after all, sadness, as the Preacher saith. The more we know of the laws and nature of the Universe the more ghastly a business we perceive it all to be - and the non-necessity of it.
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    Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.
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