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.

And the May month flaps its glad green leaves like wings, / Delicate-filmed as new-spun silk. Thomas Hardy
On Thursday noon I liked you well, / And fondly felt that we must dwell / Not far apart, whatever befell. Thomas Hardy
These numbered cliffs and gnarls of masonry / Outskeleton Time's central city, Rome / Whereof each arch, entablature, and dom / Lies bare in all its gaunt anatomy. Thomas Hardy
On Wednesday I did not opine / Your life would ever be one with mine, / Though if it were we should well combine. Thomas Hardy
I saw you wholly to my mind / On Saturday - even one who shrined / All that was best of womankind. Thomas Hardy
Where the lantern-light showed 'em arrived. Thomas Hardy
Welcome home to my native place bent upon returning bosom all day burning. Thomas Hardy
I sat depressed; till, later, / My Love came; / But something in the chamber / Dimmed our flame, — / An emanation, making our due words fall tame, Thomas Hardy
And I heard them say "Home!" and I knew them / For souls of the felled / On the earth's nether bord / Under Capricorn, whither they'd warred, / And I neared in my awe, and gave heedfulness to them / With breathings inheld. Thomas Hardy
Quiz the few poor treasures hid there, con the letters kept by me. Thomas Hardy
Prepared a sinister mate / For her — so gaily great — / A Shape of Ice, for the time fat and dissociate. Thomas Hardy
If it be in the dusk when, like an eyelid's soundless blink, / The dewfall-hawk comes crossing the shades to alight / Upon the wind-warped upland thorn, a gazer may think, / 'To him this must have been a familiar sight.' Thomas Hardy
Somerset looked down on the mouth of the tunnel. The popular common place that science, steam, and travel must be always unromantic and hideous was not proven at this spot. Thomas Hardy
I can recall no word / Of anything he did; / For me he is a man who died and was interred / To leave a pyramid. Thomas Hardy
The beggarly question of parentage--what is it, after all? What does it matter, when you come to think of it, whether a child is yours by blood or not? All the little ones of our time are collectively the children of us adults of the time, and entitled to our general care. Thomas Hardy
The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes. Thomas Hardy
A strong woman who recklessly throws away her strength, she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away. Thomas Hardy
You have never loved me as I love you--never--never! Yours is not a passionate heart--your heart does not burn in a flame! You are, upon the whole, a sort of fay, or sprite-- not a woman! Thomas Hardy
The fundamental error of their matrimonial union; that of having based a permanent contract on a temporary feeling. Thomas Hardy
The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes. Thomas Hardy
This scene, like my own life,' I said, 'is one / Where many glooms abide; / Toned by its fortune to a deadly dun-- / Lightless on every side. Thomas Hardy
Purism, whether in grammar or in vocabulary, almost always means ignorance. Language was made before grammar, not grammar before language. Thomas Hardy