Thomas Hardy Quotes

Most popular Thomas Hardy Quotes

Some folk want their luck buttered.

luck

A novel is an impression, not an argument.

novels

A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all.
— Thomas Hardy
Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.

patience

Nothing so stirs a man's conscience or excites his curiosity as a woman's silence.
— Thomas Hardy

silence

Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.
— Thomas Hardy

time

If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the Inquisition might have let him alone.
Persons with any weight of character carry, like planets, their atmospheres along with them in their orbits.

character

I am more interested in the high ideas of a feeble executant than in the high execution of a feeble thinker.
— Thomas Hardy

ideas

Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.

poetry

The fundamental error of their matrimonial union: that of having based a permanent contract on a temporary feeling .
— Thomas Hardy

marriage

Let me enjoy the earth no less
Because the all-enacting Might
Which fashioned forth its loveliness
Had other aims than my delight.
— Thomas Hardy

God attitude

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
Today has length, breadth, thickness, color, smell, voice.  As soon as it becomes yesterday it is a thin layer among many layers, without substance, color, or articulate sound.

today

Pessimism (or rather what is called such) is, in brief, playing the sure game.  You cannot lose at all; you may gain.  It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed.
— Thomas Hardy

pessimism