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Thomas Hardy
English novelist and poet
(1840-1928)



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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.

-- Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)

Why was it that upon this beautiful feminine tissue, sensitive as gossamer, and practically blank as snow as yet, there should have been traced such a coarse pattern as it was doomed to receive; why so often the coarse appropriates the finer thus, the wrong man the woman, the wrong woman the man, many thousand years of analytical philosophy have failed to explain to our sense of order.
-- Tess of the d'Urbevilles (1891)

"Justice" was done, and the President of the Immortals (in Aeschylean phrase) had ended his sport with Tess. And the d'Urberville knights and dames slept on in their tombs unknowing. The two speechless gazers bent themselves down to the earth, as if in prayer, and remained thus a long time, absolutely motionless: the flag continued to wave silently. As soon as they had strength, they arose, joined hands again, and went on.
-- Tess of the d'Urbevilles (1891)

A local thing called Christianity.
-- The Dynasts (1904)

War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.
-- The Dynasts (1904)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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