Literary Birthday – 2 June – Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy was born 2 June 1840, and died 11 January 1928.

10 Thomas Hardy Quotes

  1. It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
  2. Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.
  3. That man’s silence is wonderful to listen to.
  4. My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion of all the ages and the thought of his own.
  5. Happiness is but a mere episode in the general drama of pain.
  6. Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.
  7. Though a good deal is too strange to be believed, nothing is too strange to have happened.
  8. Why is it that a woman can see from a distance what a man cannot see close?
  9. To find beauty in ugliness is the province of the poet
  10. If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.

Thomas Hardy was an English novelist and poet. Like Dickens, he was highly critical of Victorian society. He is well known for his novels, including Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Far from the Madding Crowd, and Jude the Obscure. He focused on tragic characters struggling against their passions and social circumstances.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 2nd June 2013