HUMAN PREDICAMENT IN THE NOVELS OF THOMAS HARDY by OORJA RANJAN SINHA

The criterion of
happiness is not success, and success is not an absolute term.
“To have strength to roll a stone weighing a hundred weight
to the top of the mountain is a success, and to have the
strength to roll a stone of a ten hundred weight only half-
way up that mount is a failure. But the latter is two or three
times as strong a deed”, says Hardy. Therefore, a man with
many worldly failures can be happier than the other man
with many worldly successes. This means that happiness is a
quality of mind that can be gained when man is at peace
with himself.

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