Quotation by Thomas Hardy

He had been a lad of whom something was expected. Beyond this all had been chaos. That he would be successful in an original way, or that he would go to the dogs in an original way, seemed equally probable. The only absolute certainty about him was that he would not stand still in the circumstances amid which he was born.
Thomas Hardy (1840–1928), British novelist, poet. The Return of the Native, book third, ch. I (1878).
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