Thomas Hardy Quotes

I look back at it amid the rain For the very last time; for my sand is sinking, And I shall traverse old love's domain Never again.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. At Castle Boterel (l. 32-35). . . The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy. James Gibson, ed. (1978) Macmillan.
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I should have kissed her if the rain Had lasted a minute more.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. A Thunderstorm in Town (l. 9-10). . . The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy. James Gibson, ed. (1978) Macmillan.
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It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Bathsheba, in Far from the Madding Crowd, ch. 51 (1874).
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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 (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. "Birthday Notes," quoted in Florence Emily Hardy, The Later Years of Thomas Hardy, ch. 17 (1930).
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It's gunnery practice out at sea Just as before you went below; The world is as it used to be
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Channel Firing (l. 10-12). . . The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy. James Gibson, ed. (1978) Macmillan.
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That night your great guns, unawares, Shook all our coffins as we lay, And broke the chancel window-squares, We thought it was the Judgment-day
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Channel Firing (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy. James Gibson, ed. (1978) Macmillan.
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Again the guns disturbed the hour, Roaring their readiness to avenge, As far inland a Stourton Tower, And Camelot, and starlit Stonehenge.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Channel Firing (l. 33-36). . . The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy. James Gibson, ed. (1978) Macmillan.
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Well: what we gain by science is, after all, sadness, as the Preacher saith. The more we know of the laws & nature of the Universe the more ghastly a business we perceive it all to be—& the non-necessity of it.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. letter, Feb. 27, 1902. Collected Letters, vol. 3, eds. Richard Little Purdy and Michael Millgate (1982). Hardy's reference to "the Preacher" is to Ecclesiastes 1:18. See Bible: Hebrew on knowledge.
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His homely Northern breast and brain Grow to some Southern tree, And strange-eyed constellations reign His stars eternally.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Drummer Hodge (l. 15-18). . . The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy. James Gibson, ed. (1978) Macmillan.
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They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest Uncoffined—just as found: His landmark is a kopje-crest That breaks the veldt around;
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Drummer Hodge (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy. James Gibson, ed. (1978) Macmillan.
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