Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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Tess of the D'UrbervillesbyThomas Hardy
62,218 ratings, 3.62 average rating, 3,301 reviews Tess of the D'Urbervilles Quotes (showing 1-50 of 88) “A strong woman who recklessly throws away her strength, she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.” ― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

tags: strength, woman

“Did you say the stars were worlds, Tess?"
"Yes."
"All like ours?"
"I don't know, but I think so. They sometimes seem to be like the apples on our stubbard-tree. Most of them splendid and sound - a few blighted." "Which do we live on - a splendid one or a blighted one?"

"A blighted one.”
― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles
tags: stars

“Beauty lay not in the thing, but in what the thing symbolized.” ― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“Did it never strike your mind that what every woman says, some women may feel?” ― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles
tags: alec, feelings, strength, tess, women

“This hobble of being alive is rather serious, don’t you think so?” ― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“Ladies know what to guard against, because they read novels that tell them of these tricks…” ― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“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.” ― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“Sometimes I feel I don't want to know anything more about [history] than I know already. [...] Because what's the use of learning that I am one of a long row only--finding out that there is set down in some old book somebody just like me, and to know that I shall only act her part; making me sad, that's all. The best is not to remember that your nature and you past doings have been kist like thousands' and thousands', and that your coming life and doings'll be like thousands' and thousands'. [...] I shouldn't mind learning why--why the sun do shine on the just and the unjust alike, [...] but that's what books will not tell me.” ― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“Don't think of what's past!" said she. "I am not going to think outside of now. Why should we! Who knows what tomorrow has in store? ” ― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“I agree to the conditions, Angel; because you know best what my punishment ought to be; only - only - don't make it more than I can bear!” ― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“If an offense come out of the truth, better is it that the offense come than that the truth be concealed.” ― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles
tags: truth-telling

“Do you know that I have undergone three quarters of this labour entirely for the sake of the fourth quarter?” ― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“So each had a private little sun for her soul to bask in; some dream, some affection, some hobby, or at least some remote and distant hope....” ― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

“Tis because we be on a blighted star, and not a sound one, isn't it Tess?” ― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles
tags: blighted, star

“In the ill-judged execution of the well-judged plan of things the call seldom produces the comer, the man to love rarely coincides with the hour for loving. Nature does not often say "See!" to her poor creature at a time when seeing can lead to happy doing; or reply "Here!" to a body's cry of "Where?" till the hide-and-seek has become an irksome, outworn game. We may wonder whether at the acme and summit of the human progress these anachronisms will be corrected by a finer intuition, a close interaction of the social machinery than that which now jolts us round and along; but such completeness is not to be prophesied, or even conceived as possible. Enough that in the present case, as in millions, it was not the two halves of a perfect whole that confronted each...
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