Thomas Hardy Quotes (Author of Tess of the DUrbervilles)
Tess of the d'urbervilles -Thomas Hardy -notes, summary and analysis
It follows the titular character, Tess whose surname is actually Durbeyfield, a lower take on the original noble form. What arrested him now as of value in life was less its beauty than its pathos. Having long discredited the old systems of mysticism, he now began to discredit the old appraisements of morality. He thought they wanted readjusting. Who was the moral man? Still more pertinently, who was the moral woman? 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.
Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change. If a path to the better there be, it begins with a full look at the worst. To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature. Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons. Happiness is but a mere episode in the general drama of pain.
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