William Hazlitt

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William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt

He talked on for ever; and you wished him to talk on for ever.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering the weaknesses of others.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Death cancels everything but truth; and strips a man of everything but genius and virtue. It is a sort of natural canonization. It makes the meanest of us sacred --it installs the poet in his immortality, and lifts him to the skies. Death is the greatest assayer of the sterling ore of talent. At his touch the dropsy particles fall off, the irritable, the personal, the gross, and mingle with the dust --the finer and more ethereal part mounts with winged spirit to watch over our latest memory, and protect our bones from insult. We consign the least worthy qualities to oblivion, and cherish the nobler and imperishable nature with double pride and fondness.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our repugnance to death increases in proportion to our consciousness of having lived in vain.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are all of us, more or less, the slaves of opinion.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
As is our confidence, so is our capacity.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one -- they show one another off to the best advantage.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way across the room.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously; and those who have produced immortal works, have done so without knowing how or why. The greatest power operates unseen.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Learning is, in too many cases, but a foil to common sense; a substitute for true knowledge. Books are less often made use of as spectacles to look at nature with, than as blinds to keep out its strong light and shifting scenery from weak eyes and indolent dispositions. The learned are mere literary drudges.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We can scarcely hate anyone that we know.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One shining quality lends a luster to another, or hides some glaring defect.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Grace in women has more effect than beauty.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If goodness were only a theory, it were a pity it should be lost to the world. There are a number of things, the idea of which is a clear gain to the mind. Let people, for instance, rail at friendship, genius, freedom, as long as they will --the very names of these despised qualities are better than anything else that could be substituted for them, and embalm even the most envenomed satire against them.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The public have neither shame or gratitude.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More William Hazlitt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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