We ought to feel deep cheerfulness that a happy Providence kept it from being any worse.
Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928)
Source: Far From the Madding Crowd
Contributed by: Zaady
Good, but not religious good.
Source: Under the Greenwood Tree
Life's Little Ironies
Source: Title of a book.
. . . he seemed to approach the grave as an hyperbolic curve approaches a line, less directly as he got nearer, till it was doubtful if he would ever reach it at all.
Source: Far from the Madding Crowd.
Silence is wonderful to listen to.
Silent? Ah, he is silent! He can keep silence well. That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.
A little one-eyed, blinking sort o' place.
Source: Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Always washing, and never getting finished.
Describing the aged maltster in Far from the Madding Crowd: Indeed, he seemed to approach the grave as a hyperbolic curve approaches a straight line - less directly as he got nearer, till it was doubtful if he would ever reach it at all.
If way to the Better there be, it exacts a full look at the worst.
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