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I'm not smart, but I like to observe.
by William Hazlitt

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

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
- William Hazlitt

You know more of a road by having traveled it than
by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
- William Hazlitt

It is not fit that every man should travel;
it makes a wise man better,
and a fool worse.
- William Hazlitt

 

Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.
- William Hazlitt

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.
- William Hazlitt

A wise traveler never despises his own country.
- William Hazlitt

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Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

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

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.
- William Hazlitt

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.
- William Hazlitt

The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty,
to think, feel, do just as one pleases.
- William Hazlitt

Some one is generally sure to be the sufferer by a joke.
- William Hazlitt

To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us.
- William Hazlitt

A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one -
they show one another off to the best advantage.
- William Hazlitt

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.
- William Hazlitt

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.
- William Hazlitt

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.
- William Hazlitt

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.
- William Hazlitt

There is no prejudice so strong as that which arises
from a fancied exemption from all prejudice.
- William Hazlitt

He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.
- William Hazlitt

The way to get on in the world is to be neither more nor less wise,
neither better nor worse than your neighbours.
- William Hazlitt

If you think you can win, you can win.
Faith is necessary to victory.
- William Hazlitt

Man is a make-believe animal: he is never so truly
himself as when he is acting a part.
- William Hazlitt

No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime.
The test of greatness is the page of history.
- William Hazlitt

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!
- William Hazlitt

To give a reason for anything is to breed a doubt of it.
- William Hazlitt

The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature.
- William Hazlitt

Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
- William Hazlitt

The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy.
The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.
- William Hazlitt

The most learned are often the most narrow minded.
- William Hazlitt

The English (it must be owned) are rather a foul-mouthed nation.
- William Hazlitt

Zeal will do more than knowledge.
- William Hazlitt

Life is the art of being well deceived;
and in order that the deception may succeed it must
be habitual and uninterrupted.
- William Hazlitt

Good temper is one of the greatest preservers of the features.
- William Hazlitt

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects,
and discovering other people's weaknesses.
- William Hazlitt

Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty,
hesitation or incongruity.
- William Hazlitt

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

The art of pleasing consists in being pleased.
- William Hazlitt

We can scarcely hate anyone that we know.
- William Hazlitt

There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny.
You may order and drive an individual,
but you cannot make him respect you.
- William Hazlitt

No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth,
and unknown to themselves.
- William Hazlitt

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.
- William Hazlitt

I would like to spend the whole of my life traveling,
if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend at home.
- William Hazlitt

A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can
work wonders and accomplish miracles.
- William Hazlitt

To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense
for being treated with contempt while we are living.
- William Hazlitt

No truly great person ever thought themselves so.
- William Hazlitt

Everything is in motion.
Everything flows.
Everything is vibrating.
- William Hazlitt

People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it,
they work in it because they excel.
- William Hazlitt

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.
- William Hazlitt

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.
- William Hazlitt

The love of liberty is the love of others;
the love of power is the love of ourselves.
- William Hazlitt

Grace in women has more effect than beauty.
- William Hazlitt

Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself.
He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself,
or for anything else.
- William Hazlitt

We must be doing something to be happy.
- William Hazlitt

Learning is its own exceeding great reward.
- William Hazlitt

Satirists gain the applause of others through fear,
not through love.
- William Hazlitt

We grow tired of everything but turning others into ridicule,
and congratulating ourselves on their defects.
- William Hazlitt

Hope is the best possession.
None are completely wretched but those who are without hope.
Few are reduced so low as that.
- William Hazlitt

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.
- William Hazlitt

I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about.
- William Hazlitt

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.
- William Hazlitt

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.
- William Hazlitt

Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression
of the inward harmony of the soul.
- William Hazlitt

The humblest painter is a true scholar;
and the best of scholars the scholar of nature.
- William Hazlitt

To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind
to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem...
ridiculous.
- William Hazlitt

Dandyism is a variety of genius.
- William Hazlitt

The true barbarian is he who thinks everything barbarous
but his own tastes and prejudices.
- William Hazlitt

The incentive to ambition is the love of power.
- William Hazlitt

The world judge of men by their ability in their profession,
and we judge of ourselves by the same test:
for it is on that on which our success in life depends.
- William Hazlitt

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.
- William Hazlitt


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