Thomas Hardy Quotes
"Had other aims than my delight."
"If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone."
"The excessive regard of parents for their children, and their dislike of other people's is, like class feeling, patriotism, save-your-soul-ism, and other virtues, a mean exclusiveness at bottom."
"Yes; quaint and curious war is! You shoot a fellow down you'd treat if met where any bar is, or help to half-a-crown."
"You can do anything with bayonets except sit on them."
"Give the enemy not only a road for flight, but also a means of defending it."
"A woman would rather visit her own grave than the place where she has been young and beautiful after she is aged and ugly."
"I was court-martial in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence."
"There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is, seeing something that isn't there."
"No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure."
"Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion."
"A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible."
"The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes."
"You was a good man, and did good things."
"The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years."
"Some folk want their luck buttered."
"If all hearts were open and all desires known - as they would be if people showed their souls - how many gapings, sighings, clenched fists, knotted brows, broad grins, and red eyes should we see in the market-place!"
"The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performance it is useless. To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job."
"The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him."
"Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them."
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