"Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Thomas Hardy on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Thomas Hardy on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Thomas Hardy on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Thomas Hardy on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Thomas Hardy on Oscar Wilde
"The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performance it is useless. To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job."
"If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone."
"Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change."
"Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity."
"I was court-martial in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence."