Thomas Hardy

(2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928 / Dorchester / England)

Thomas Hardy Quotes

  • ''Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honour as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.''
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Neigh, in The Hand of Ethelberta, ch. 9 (1876).
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  • ''Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.''
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Note written 1899. Quoted in Florence Emily Hardy, The Later Years of Thomas Hardy, ch. 6 (1930).
  • ''My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion of all the ages and the thought of his own.''
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Remark, 1918. Quoted in Florence Emily Hardy, The Later Years of Thomas Hardy, ch. 15 (1930).
  • ''That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.''
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Spinks, in Under the Greenwood Tree, pt. 2, ch. 5 (1872). Some editions have the variation: "That man's dumbness is wonderful to listen to."
  • ''My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.''
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. "Spirit Sinister," in The Dynasts, pt. 1, act 2, sc. 5 (1904).
  • ''Once victim, always victim—that's the law!''
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Tess, in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, ch. 47 (1891).
  • ''That cold accretion called the world, which, so terrible in the mass, is so unformidable, even pitiable, in its units.''
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Tess of the D'Urbervilles, ch. 13 (1891).
  • ''Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.''
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Tess of the D'Urbervilles, ch. 43 (1891).
  • ''That cold accretion called the world, which, so terrible in the mass, is so unformidable, even pitiable, in its units.''
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Tess of the D'Urbervilles, ch. 13 (1891).
  • ''Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.''
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Tess of the D'Urbervilles, ch. 43 (1891).

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Best Poem of Thomas Hardy

"I Said To Love"

I said to Love,
"It is not now as in old days
When men adored thee and thy ways
   All else above;
Named thee the Boy, the Bright, the One
Who spread a heaven beneath the sun,"
   I said to Love.

   I said to him,
"We now know more of thee than then;
We were but weak in judgment when,
   With hearts abrim,
We clamoured thee that thou would'st please
Inflict on us thine agonies,"
   I said to him.

   I said to Love,
"Thou art not young, ...

Read the full of "I Said To Love"

She, To Him, Iv

This love puts all humanity from me;
I can but maledict her, pray her dead,
For giving love and getting love of thee—
Feeding a heart that else mine own had fed!

How much I love I know not, life not known,
Save as some unit I would add love by;
But this I know, my being is but thine own—
Fused from its separateness by ecstasy.

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