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William Hazlitt Quotes and Sayings

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

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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

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

 

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- 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

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We can bear to be deprived of everything but our self-conceit.
- William Hazlitt

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.
- William Hazlitt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is nothing good to be had in the country,
or if there is, they will not let you have it.
- William Hazlitt

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

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.
- 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

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

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

We find many things to which the prohibition of them
constitutes the only temptation.
- William Hazlitt

The truly proud man knows neither superiors or inferiors.
The first he does not admit of - the last he does not concern himself about.
- William Hazlitt

He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.
- William Hazlitt

To think ill of mankind and not wish ill to them,
is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.
- 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

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

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

If the world were good for nothing else,
it is a fine subject for speculation.
- William Hazlitt

The player envies only the player, the poet envies only the poet.
- William Hazlitt

We must be doing something to be happy.
- 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

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

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

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

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.
- William Hazlitt

There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue.
Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
- William Hazlitt

The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love;
have I not reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do;
and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough.
- William Hazlitt

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
- William Hazlitt

No young man ever thinks he shall die.
- William Hazlitt

Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to
the ordinary rules of morality.
- William Hazlitt

The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down,
and requires to be constantly wound up.
- William Hazlitt

A scholar is like a book written in a dead language.
It is not every one that can read in it.
- William Hazlitt

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

Almost every sect of Christianity is a perversion of its essence,
to accommodate it to the prejudices of the world.
- William Hazlitt

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

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

A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives,
but has no respect for himself.
He would make a dupe of himself too,
if he could.
- William Hazlitt

We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it.
- William Hazlitt

Those who can command themselves command others.
- William Hazlitt

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.
- William Hazlitt

The public have neither shame or gratitude.
- 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

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

It is better to be able neither to read nor write than
to be able to do nothing else.
- William Hazlitt

One shining quality lends a lustre to another,
or hides some glaring defect.
- William Hazlitt

There are no rules for friendship.
It must be left to itself.
We cannot force it any more than love.
- William Hazlitt

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

We are very much what others think of us.
The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed,
or damps our efforts.
- William Hazlitt

It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who
is not born and bred a Dissenter.
- William Hazlitt

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

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.
- William Hazlitt


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