The beauty or ugliness of a character lay not only in its achievements, but in its aims and impulses; its true history lay, not among things done, but among things willed.
("Tess of the D'Urbervilles")
More Quotes from Thomas Hardy:We fevered our years not thus:
Take of Life what it grants, without question!
Always wanting another man than your own.
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.
And blended pulsing life with lives long done,
Till Time seemed fiction, Past and Present one.
You could sometimes see her twelfth year in her cheeks, or her ninth sparkling from her eyes; and even her fifth would flit over the curves of her mouth now and then.
Her love was entire as a child's, and though warm as summer it was fresh as spring.
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