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Thomas Hardy
June 2, 1840 - January 11, 1928
Nationality: English
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: English Novelist

A woman would rather visit her own grave than the place where she has been young and beautiful after she is aged and ugly.


You can do anything with bayonets except sit on them.


I was court-martial in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.


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.


You was a good man, and did good things.


Give the enemy not only a road for flight, but also a means of defending it.


I am the family face; flesh perishes, I live on.


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.


The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.


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


My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion of all the ages and the thought of his own.


My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.


The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.


Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.


Yes; quaint and curious war is! You shoot a fellow down you'd treat if met where any bar is, or help to half-a-crown.


Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.

    Topics: Courage

If way to the better there be, it exacts a full look at the worst.


And yet to every bad there is a worse.


The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.


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