William Hazlitt Quotes

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Born: April 10, 1778, Maidstone, Kent, England
Birth Country: England
Died: Soho, London, England, September 18, 1830
Occupation: Author

1.
A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.
- William Hazlitt

2.
A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one - they show one another off to the best advantage.
- William Hazlitt

3.
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

4.
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

5.
A wise traveler never despises his own country.
- William Hazlitt

6.
An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence a vain man, in order that it may.
- William Hazlitt

7.
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

8.
Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
- William Hazlitt

9.
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

10.
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

11.
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

12.
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.
- William Hazlitt

13.
Grace in women has more effect than beauty.
- William Hazlitt

14.
Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that.
- William Hazlitt

15.
I would like to spend the whole of my life traveling, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend at home.
- William Hazlitt

16.
If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators.
- William Hazlitt

17.
If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory.
- William Hazlitt

18.
It is not fit that every man should travel it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.
- William Hazlitt

19.
Learning is its own exceeding great reward.
- William Hazlitt

20.
Life is the art of being well deceived and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.
- William Hazlitt

21.
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

22.
Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust hatred alone is immortal.
- William Hazlitt

23.
No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.
- William Hazlitt

24.
People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel.
- William Hazlitt

25.
Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
- William Hazlitt

26.
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

27.
Prosperity is a great teacher adversity a greater.
- William Hazlitt

28.
Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

29.
Satirists gain the applause of others through fear, not through love.
- William Hazlitt

30.
The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.
- William Hazlitt

31.
The art of pleasing consists in being pleased.
- William Hazlitt

32.
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

33.
The humblest painter is a true scholar and the best of scholars the scholar of nature.
- William Hazlitt

34.
The incentive to ambition is the love of power.
- William Hazlitt

35.
The love of liberty is the love of others the love of power is the love of ourselves.
- William Hazlitt

36.
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

37.
The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature.
- William Hazlitt

38.
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

39.
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

40.
There are few things in which we deceive ourselves more than in the esteem we profess to entertain for our firends. It is little better than a piece of quackery. The truth is, we think of them as we please, that is, as they please or displease us.
- William Hazlitt

41.
There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.
- William Hazlitt

42.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
- William Hazlitt

43.
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

44.
Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.
- William Hazlitt

45.
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.
- William Hazlitt

46.
To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us.
- William Hazlitt

47.
To think ill of mankind and not wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.
- William Hazlitt

48.
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

49.
We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.
- William Hazlitt

50.
Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.
- William Hazlitt

51.
You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
- William Hazlitt

52.
Zeal will do more than knowledge.
- William Hazlitt

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