Thomas Hardy quote about love from The Return of the Native - A blaze of love, and extinction, was better than a lantern glimmer of the same which should last long years.
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A blaze of love, and extinction, was better than a lantern glimmer of the same which should last long years.
 Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native (1878). copy citation

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Author Thomas Hardy
Source The Return of the Native
Topic love passion
Date 1878
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17500/17500-h/17500-h.htm

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“On Egdon, coldest and meanest kisses were at famine prices; and where was a mouth matching hers to be found?
Fidelity in love for fidelity's sake had less attraction for her than for most women: fidelity because of love's grip had much. A blaze of love, and extinction, was better than a lantern glimmer of the same which should last long years. On this head she knew by prevision what most women learn only by experience: she had mentally walked round love, told the towers thereof, considered its palaces, and concluded that love was but a doleful joy.” source

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