English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy was born June 2, 1840. Being the man of the hour and all, a few words …

No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure.”

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.”

Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.”

Some folk want their luck buttered.”

There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is, seeing something that isn’t there.”

The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.”

Silent? Ah, he is silent! He can keep silence well. That man’s silence is wonderful to listen to.”

If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inuisition might have let him alone.”

The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performanc it is useless. To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.”