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Thomas Hardy Quotes on Vice & Virtue (4 Quotes)


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  • Thoroughly convinced of the impossibility of his own suit, a high resolve constrained him not to injure that of another. This is a lover's most stoical virtue, as the lack of it is a lover's most venial sin.
    (Thomas Hardy, "Far from the Madding Crowd")

  • 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. That excessive regard of parents for their own children, and their dislike of other people's, is, like class-feeling, patriotism, save-your-own-soul-ism, and other virtues, a mean exclusiveness at bottom.
    (Thomas Hardy, "Jude the Obscure")

  • And Troy's deformities lay deep down from a woman's vision, whilst his embellishments were upon the very surface thus contrasting with homely Oak, whose defects were patent to the blindest, and whose virtues were as metals in a mine.
    (Thomas Hardy)

  • The excessive regard of parents for their children, and their dislike of other people's is, like class feeling, patriotism, save-your-soul-ism, and other virtues, a mean exclusiveness at bottom.
    (Thomas Hardy)


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