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

Best 51 Quotes by William Hazlitt

“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.”

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

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“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!”

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

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

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

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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

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“Learning is its own exceeding great reward.”

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

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“No truly great person ever thought themselves so.”

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“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.”

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“Prejudice is the child of ignorance.”

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“Rules and models destroy genius and art.”

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

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

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“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.”

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

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

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“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.”

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

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

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

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

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“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.”

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

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“Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.”

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“Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will, in general, become of no more value than their dress.”

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“Travel's greatest purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”

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“Violent antipathies are always suspicious, and betray a secret affinity.”

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“We are not satisfied to be right, unless we can prove others to be quite wrong.”

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“We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.”

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“When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.”

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“Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.”

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“Words are the only things that last forever; they are more durable than the eternal hills.”

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“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.”

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“Zeal will do more than knowledge.”

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"Characteristics" Quotes

“I'm not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.”

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Characteristics

“Our friends are generally ready to do everything for us, except the very thing we wish them to do.”

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Characteristics

“The best kind of conversation is that which may be called thinking aloud.”

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Characteristics

“The true barbarian is he who thinks every thing barbarous but his own tastes and prejudices.”

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Characteristics

“The way to procure insults is to submit to them. A man meets with no more respect than he exacts.”

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Characteristics

“We are never so much disposed to quarrel with others as when we are dissatisfied with ourselves.”

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Characteristics

"Liber Amoris" Quotes

“Sacrifices are no sacrifices when they are repaid a thousand fold.”

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Liber Amoris

"On the Pleasure of Hating" Quotes

“Love turns, with little indulgence, to indifference or disgust: hatred alone is immortal.”

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On the Pleasure of Hating

“We grow tired of everything but turning others into ridicule, and congratulating ourselves on their defects.”

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On the Pleasure of Hating

"The Spirit of the Age" Quotes

“The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.”

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The Spirit of the Age