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SummaryWilliam Hazlitt was a famous Critic from England, who lived between April 10, 1778 and September 18, 1830. He became 52 years old.
BiographyHe was an English novelist, essayist and literary critic. He collaborated with such newspapers as the Morning Chronicle, the Edinburgh Review, The London Magazine and The Times, published a series of essays, including figures of the arts dedicated to William Shakespeare. His most famous work is published in 1825, The Spirit of the Age, in which he described the contemporary artists, such as Lord Byron, Jeremy Bentham, Walter Scott.
Our collection contains 93 quotes who is written / told by William, under the main topics: Words of Wisdom, Travel.
Related authors: William Shakespeare, Walter Scott, Lord Byron, Jeremy Bentham
Source / external links:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Hazlitt
Famous quotes by William Hazlitt (93)
"Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration"
"There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love"
"The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings"
"The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much"
"It is better to be able neither to read nor write than to be able to do nothing else"
"A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man. It is a bugbear to the imagination, and, though we do not believe in it, it still haunts our apprehensions"
"A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could"
"We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts"
"Our friends are generally ready to do everything for us, except the very thing we wish them to do"
"Man is a make-believe animal: he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part"
"I'm not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why"
"Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity"
"Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality"
"Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own"
"You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world"
"It is not fit that every man should travel; it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse"
"We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it"
"To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead"
"To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind"
"Those who speak ill of the spiritual life, although they come and go by day, are like the smith's bellows: they take breath but are not alive"
"The way to get on in the world is to be neither more nor less wise, neither better nor worse than your neighbours"
"That which is not, shall never be; that which is, shall never cease to be. To the wise, these truths are self-evident"
"If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory"
"Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul"
"Defoe says that there were a hundred thousand country fellows in his time ready to fight to the death against popery, without knowing whether popery was a man or a horse"
"There is nothing good to be had in the country, or if there is, they will not let you have it"
"There is no one thoroughly despicable. We cannot descend much lower than an idiot; and an idiot has some advantages over a wise man"
"The smallest pain in our little finger gives us more concern than the destruction of millions of our fellow beings"
"The seat of knowledge is in the head; of wisdom, in the heart. We are sure to judge wrong, if we do not feel right"
"Satirists gain the applause of others through fear, not through love"
"Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits"
"It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter"
"Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul"
"Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune"
"Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way across the room"
"We often choose a friend as we do a mistress - for no particular excellence in themselves, but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love"
"To think ill of mankind and not wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue"
"Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust; hatred alone is immortal"
"Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!"
"Dr. Johnson was a lazy learned man who liked to think and talk better than to read or write; who, however, wrote much and well, but too often by rote"
"Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses"
"Anyone who has passed though the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape"
"To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living"
"The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases"
"The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy"
"One shining quality lends a lustre to another, or hides some glaring defect"
"Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be"
"Few things tend more to alienate friendship than a want of punctuality in our engagements. I have known the breach of a promise to dine or sup to break up more than one intimacy"
"Almost every sect of Christianity is a perversion of its essence, to accommodate it to the prejudices of the world"
"When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest"
"To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us"
"To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous"
"Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will, in general, become of no more value than their dress"
"The true barbarian is he who thinks everything barbarous but his own tastes and prejudices"
"The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others. They are safe from reprisals. And have no hope of rising in their own self esteem but by lowering their neighbors"
"The humblest painter is a true scholar; and the best of scholars the scholar of nature"
"Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted"
"If the world were good for nothing else, it is a fine subject for speculation"
"Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity"
"A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it"
"A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one - they show one another off to the best advantage"
"A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles"
"The person whose doors I enter with most pleasure, and quit with most regret, never did me the smallest favor"
"Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone - but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming"
"An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may"