Thomas Hardy, quoted in Florence Emily Hardy, The Life of Thomas Hardy 1840–1928
(1962; rpt. London: The Macmillan Press Ltd, 1983), pp. 405-406 ("Birthday Notes," 1920):
Though my life, like the lives of my contemporaries, covers a period of more material advance in the world than any of the same length can have done in other centuries, I do not find that real civilization has advanced equally. People are not more humane, so far as I can see, then they were in the year of my birth. Disinterested kindness is less.