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William Hazlitt Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by William Hazlitt

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

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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

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

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

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

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grace in women has more effect than beauty.
- 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

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

Our friends are generally ready to do everything for us,
except the very thing we wish them to do.
- William Hazlitt

That which is not, shall never be; that which is,
shall never cease to be.
To the wise, these truths are self-evident.
- William Hazlitt

We are not hypocrites in our sleep.
- 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

A hair in the head is worth two in the brush.
- William Hazlitt

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

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

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

There is no one thoroughly despicable.
We cannot descend much lower than an idiot;
and an idiot has some advantages over a wise man.
- William Hazlitt

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

Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use.
- William Hazlitt

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

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

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

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

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

The humblest painter is a true scholar;
and the best of scholars the scholar of nature.
- 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 never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it.
- William Hazlitt

Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly,
cold, comfortless, and distasteful.
The stomach turns against them.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
- 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

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

The person whose doors I enter with most pleasure,
and quit with most regret, never did me the smallest favor.
- William Hazlitt

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

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

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

If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you.
- 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

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

The public have neither shame or gratitude.
- William Hazlitt

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

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

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

Some people break promises for the pleasure of breaking them.
- William Hazlitt

Grace has been defined as the outward expression of
the inward harmony of the soul.
- William Hazlitt

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

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

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

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


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