Thomas Hardy Quotes

… a resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.

 
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When a government faces an evil that might be avoided, the usual pattern is to first debate whether or not the evil is real or imagined; then determine how evil it really is; then is it an appropriate function of government to avoid it? Then what are the alternative ways to avoid it? Then what are the costs to avoid it? And finally, is the benefit of avoiding the evil worth the cost? In those cases where it is, it is by this time too late to avoid the evil and discussions shift to ameliorating the evil.
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Thomas Hardy, 1840-1928, English Writer, Far From The Madding Crowd

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Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy
  • Born: June 2, 1840
  • Died: January 11, 1928
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Novelist

Thomas Hardy OM was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth. He was highly critical of much in Victorian society, especially on the declining status of rural people in Britain, such as those from his native South West England.

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