William Hazlitt Quotes

Who is William Hazlitt?

William Hazlitt was an English essayist, drama and literary critic.

Born April 10, 1778
Died September 18, 1830

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“Any one may mouth out a passage with theatrical cadence or get upon stilts to tell his thoughts. But to write or speak with propriety and simplicity is a more difficult task.”

“As is our confidence, so is our capacity.”

“Give me the clear blue sky over my head, and the green turf beneath my feet, a winding road before me, and a three hours' march to dinner — and then to thinking!”

“He is a hypocrite who professes what he does not believe; not he who does not practice all he wishes or approves.”

“He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.”

“He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.”

“he world loves to be amused by hollow professions, to be deceived by flattering appearances, to live in a state of hallucination; and can forgive everything but the plain, downright, simple, honest truth.”

“If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.”

“In some situations, if you say nothing, you are called dull; if you talk, you are thought impertinent and arrogant. It is hard to know what to do in this case. The question seems to be, whether your vanity or your prudence predominates.”

“Just as much as we see in others we have in ourselves.”

“Learning is its own exceeding great reward.”

“Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel.”

“No truly great person ever thought themselves so.”

“Perhaps the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life has a beginning as well as an end. There was a time when we were not: this gives us no concern. Why, then, should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be?”

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“Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.”

“Prejudice is the child of ignorance.”

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“Weak men cannot handle power. It will either crush them, or they will use it to crush others.”

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“Rules and models destroy genius and art.”

“That which anyone has been long learning unwillingly, he unlearns with proportional eagerness and haste.”

“The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.”

“The difference between the vanity of a Frenchman and an Englishman is this: The one thinks everything right that is French, while the other thinks everything wrong that is not English.”

“The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings.”

“The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.”

“The most sensible people to be met with in society are men of business and of the world, who argue from what they see and know, instead of spinning cobweb distinctions of what things ought to be.”

“The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves.”

“The only impeccable writers are those who never wrote.”

“The path of genius is free, and its own.”

“The rule for traveling abroad is to take our common sense with us, and leave our prejudices behind us.”

“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.”

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“The soul of conversation is sympathy.”

“There are three things necessary to success in life--Impudence! Impudence! Impudence!”

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