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Thomas Hardy
(1840-1928) born on
Jun 02
English novelist, poet. He was noted for his pessimistic and powerful novels of rural life, e.g., "The Return of the Native," 1878.
         
   
F
That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.

R
My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion of all the ages and the thought of his own.
A
[I] prefer the large intention of an unskillful artist to the trivial intention of an accomplished one: in other words, I am more interested in the high ideas of a feeble executant than in the high execution of a feeble thinker.
N
If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have left him alone.
K
Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honour as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Spinks, in Under the Greenwood Tree, pt. 2, ch. 5, 1872.
R: Remark, 1918; in "The Later Years of Thomas Hardy," ch. 15, by Florence Emily Hardy, 1930.
A: Letter, 8 Jul 1901, in "The Later Years of Thomas Hardy."
N: "The Later Years of Thomas Hardy," by F. E. Hardy.
K: Neigh, in "The Hand of Ethelberta," ch. 9, 1876.
   


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