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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The Problem

Shall we conceal the Case, or tell it -
   We who believe the evidence?
   Here and there the watch-towers knell it
   With a sullen significance,
Heard of the few who hearken intently and carry an eagerly upstrained
sense.

   Hearts that are happiest hold not by it;
   Better we let, then, the old view reign;

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