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    Though a good deal is too strange to be believed, nothing is too strange to have happened.
    — 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
    tags: people  pleasure 
     
    Love is a possible strength in an actual weakness.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: weakness  strength 
     
    Measurement of life should be proportioned rather to the intensity of the experience than to its actual length.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: experience 
     
    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
    tags: fire 
     
    ...our impulses are too strong for our judgement sometimes
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: judgement  strong 
     
    I shall do one thing in this life-one thing certain-this is, love you, and long of you, and keep wanting you till I die.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: die 
     
    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
    tags: women  heart 
     
    Women are so strange in their influence that they tempt you to misplaced kindness.
    — Thomas Hardy
    Teach me to live, that I may dread The grave as little as my bed. Teach me to die.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: live  die 
     
    And yet to every bad there is a worse.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: bad 
     
    The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: men  heaven 
     
    The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.
    — 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
    The sky was clear - remarkably clear - and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: star  body  sky 
     
    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
    tags: heart 
     
    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
    tags: men  mankind  successful  fail 
     
    Happiness is but a mere episode in the general drama of pain.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: happiness  pain  drama 
     
    Why is it that a woman can see from a distance what a man cannot see close?
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: men  women 
     
    Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: morals 
     
    To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature.
    — Thomas Hardy
    Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: time 
     
    It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: men  women  language 
     
    Is a woman a thinking unit at all, or a fraction always wanting its integer?
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: women  thinking 
     
    A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: lover 
     
    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
    tags: beautiful  eyes 
     
    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
    tags: punishment 
     
    Did it never strike your mind that what every woman says, some women may feel?
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: women  mind 
     
    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
    tags: men  women  marriage  wife 
     
    Silence has sometimes a remarkable power of showing itself as the disembodied soul of feeling wandering without its carcase, and it is then more impressive than speech.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: power  silence  soul  speech 
     
    Pessimism is 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.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: games 
     
    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
    tags: emotion  universe  dreams 
     
    There's a friendly tie of some sort between music and eating.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: music 
     
    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
    tags: people  path  marriage  fail 
     
    Let me enjoy the earth no less because the all-enacting light that fashioned forth its loveliness had other aims than my delight.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: earth 
     
    We colour and mould according to the wants within us whatever our eyes bring in.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: eyes 
     
    To be loved to madness-such was her great desire. Love was to her the one cordial which could drive away the eating loneliness of her days. And she seemed to long for the abstraction called passionate love more than for any particular lover.
    — 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
    tags: truth 
     
    Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
    — Thomas Hardy
    tags: heart  afraid 
     
    There is always an inertia to be overcome in striking out a new line of conduct " not more in ourselves, it seems, than in circumscribing events, which appear as if leagued together to allow no novelties in the way of amelioration.
    — Thomas Hardy
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    thomas hardy
    Birth    : June 2, 1840
    Death  : January 11, 1928
    Occupation  : Novelist