200+ Quotes & Sayings By Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy (1802 - 1890) was an English novelist, poet and dramatist, regarded by many as one of the most important figures in the Victorian era, and a major influence on 20th-century literature and culture. He is best known for his novels Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891) and The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), which were written in a distinctive realist style. His works were also influential in the fields of contemporary poetry and regional British dialect. He was awarded the First Class Order of Merit by Queen Victoria in 1882 Read more

Let truth be told - women do as a rule live through such humiliations, and regain their spirits, and again look about them with an interested eye. While there's life there's hope is a connviction not so entirely unknown to the "betrayed" as some amiable theorists would have us believe. Thomas Hardy
The Scotchman seemed hardly the same Farfrae who had danced with her, and walked with her, in a delicate poise between love and friendship - that period in the history of a love when alone it can be said to be unalloyed with pain. Thomas Hardy
Her heart longed for some ark into which it could fly and be at rest. Rough or smooth she did not care, so long as it was warm. Thomas Hardy
Done because we are too many. Thomas Hardy
I shall be up before you are awake; I shall be afield before you are up; and I shall have breakfasted before you are afield. In short, I shall astonish you all. 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; with totally differing aims the method is the same on both sides. But the understood incentive on the woman's part was wanting here. Besides, Bathsheba's position as absolute mistress of a farm and house was a novel one, and the novelty had not yet begun to wear off. Thomas Hardy
He was moderately truthful towards men, but to women lied like a Cretan-a system of ethics above all others calculated to win popularity at the first flush of admission into lively society. Thomas Hardy
Meanwhile, the trees were just as green as before; the birds sang and the sun shone as clearly now as ever. The familiar surroundings had not darkened because of her grief, nor sickened because of her pain. She might have seen that what had bowed her head so profoundly -the thought of the world's concern at her situation- was found on an illusion. She was not an existence, an experience, a passion, a structure of sensations, to anybody but herself. . Thomas Hardy
When the love-led man had ceased from his labours Bathsheba came and looked him in the face.' Gabriel, will you you stay on with me?' she said, smiling winningly, and not troubling to bring her lips quite together again at the end, because there was going to be another smile soon.' I will, ' said Gabriel.And she smiled on him again. Thomas Hardy
But you are too lovely even to care to be kind as others are. Thomas Hardy
Yet her experience had consisted less in a series of pure disappointments than in a series of substitutions. Continually it had happened that what she had desired had not been granted her, and that what had been granted her she had not desired. So she viewed with an approach to equanimity the now cancelled days when Donald had been her undeclared lover, and wondered what unwished-for thing Heaven might send her in place of him. Thomas Hardy
And all this while the subtle-souled girl asking herself why she was born, why sitting in a room, and blinking at the candle; why things around her had taken the shape they wore in preference to every other possible shape. Thomas Hardy
If she had not been imprudence incarnate, she would not have acted as she did when she met Henchard by accident a day or two later. Thomas Hardy
Idiosyncrasy and vicissitude had combined to stamp Sergeant Troy as an exceptional being. Thomas Hardy
You know, mistress, that I love you, and shall love you always Thomas Hardy
Her suspense was terrible. Thomas Hardy
He is as good as anybody in this parish! He is very particular, too, about going to church-yes, he is! '' I am afeard nobody ever saw him there. I never did, certainly.'' The reason of that is, ' she said eagerly, 'that he goes in privately by the old tower door, just when the service commences, and sits at the back of the gallery. He told me so.' This supreme instance of Troy's goodness fell upon Gabriel's ears like the thirteenth stroke of a crazy clock. It was not only received with utter incredulity as regarded itself, but threw doubt on all the assurances that had preceded it. . Thomas Hardy
The curious double strands in Farfrae's thread of life - the commercial and the romantic - were very distinct at times. Like the colours in a variegated cord those contrasts could be seen intertwisted, yet not mingling. Thomas Hardy
Don't take on about her, Gabriel. What difference does it make whose sweetheart she is, since she can't be yours?'' That's the very thing I say to myself, ' said Gabriel. Thomas Hardy
Don't for God's sake speak as saint to sinner, but as you yourself to me myself - poor me! Thomas Hardy