Thomas Hardy

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

Thomas Hardy Quotes

  • ''Ethelberta breathed a sort of exclamation, not right out, but stealthily, like a parson's damn.''
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. The Hand of Ethelberta, ch. 26 (1876).
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  • ''Ethelberta breathed a sort of exclamation, not right out, but stealthily, like a parson's damn.''
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. The Hand of Ethelberta, ch. 26 (1876).
  • ''Dialect words—those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.''
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. The Mayor of Casterbridge, ch. 20 (1886).

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Drummer Hodge

They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest
Uncoffined -- just as found:
His landmark is a kopje-crest
That breaks the veldt around:
And foreign constellations west
Each night above his mound.

Young Hodge the drummer never knew --
Fresh from his Wessex home --
The meaning of the broad Karoo,
The Bush, the dusty loam,
And why uprose to nightly view
Strange stars amid the gloam.

Yet portion of that unknown plain
Will Hodge for ever be;
His homely Northern breast and brain
Grow to some Southern tree,
And strange-eyed constellations reign
His ...

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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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