The most vigorous expression of a resolution does not always coincide with the greatest vigour of the resolution itself. It is often flung out as a sort of prop to support a decaying conviction which, whilst strong, required no enunciation to prove it so.
("Far from the Madding Crowd")
More Quotes from Thomas Hardy:Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle.
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.
She was of the stuff of which great men's mothers are made. She was indispensable to high generation, hated at tea parties, feared in shops, and loved at crises.
My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.
For do you love her, do you hate,
She knows not--cares not she:
Only the living feel the weight
Of loveless misery!
Yet, though love is thus an end in itself, it must be believed to be the means to another end if it is to assume the rosy hues of an unalloyed pleasure.
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