Thomas Hardy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old thomas hardy quotes, thomas hardy sayings, and thomas hardy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Fear is the mother of foresight.     

Thomas Hardy

Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.     

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

Give the enemy not only a road for flight, but also a means of defending it.     

Thomas Hardy

It is safer to accept any chance that offers itself, and extemporize a procedure to fit it, than to get a good plan matured, and wait for a chance of using it.     

Thomas Hardy

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.     

Thomas Hardy

That one true heart was left behind! What feeling do we ever find To equal among human kind A dog's fidelity!     

Thomas Hardy

We colour and mould according to the wants within us whatever our eyes bring in.     

Thomas Hardy

Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.     

Thomas Hardy

When yellow lights struggle with blue shades in hairlike lines.     

Thomas Hardy

Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.     

Thomas Hardy

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

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

War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.     

Thomas Hardy

Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed.     

Thomas Hardy

The resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.     

Thomas Hardy

To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature.     

Thomas Hardy

Cruelty is the law pervading all nature and society; and we can't get out of it if we would.     

Thomas Hardy

Some women's love of being loved is insatiable; and so, often, is their love of loving; and in the last case they may find that they can't give it continuously to the chamber-officer appointed by the bishop's license to receive it.     

Thomas Hardy

A novel is an impression, not an argument; and there the matter must rest.     

Thomas Hardy

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

The beautiful things of the earth become more dear as they elude pursuit.     

Thomas Hardy

A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.     

Thomas Hardy

Indifference to fate which, though it often makes a villain of a man, is the basis of his sublimity when it does not.     

Thomas Hardy

To dance with a man is to concentrate a twelvemonth's regulation fire upon him in the fragment of an hour. To pass to courtship without acquaintance, to pass to marriage without courtship, is a skipping of terms reserved for those alone who tread this royal road.     

Thomas Hardy

Clouds spout upon her / Their waters amain / In ruthless disdain, – / Her who but lately / Had shivered with pain / As at touch of dishonour / If there had lit on her / So coldly, so straightly / Such arrows of rain      

Thomas Hardy

And at home by the fire, whenever you look up, there I shall be--and whenever I look up, there will be you.     

Thomas Hardy

Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.     

Thomas Hardy