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William Hazlitt Quote: “Nothing precludes sympathy so much as a perfect indifference to it.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “He who is as faithful to his principles as he is to himself is the true partisan.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The wretched are in this respect fortunate, that they have the strongest yearning after happiness; and to desire is in some sense to enjoy.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Avarice is the miser’s dream, as fame is the poet’s.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Those are ever the most ready to do justice to others, who feel that the world has done them justice.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We all wear some disguise, make some professions, use some artifice, to set ourselves off as being better than we are; and yet it is not denied that we have some good intentions and praiseworthy qualities at bottom.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “A great man la an abstraction of some one excellence; but whoever fancies himself an abstraction of excellence, so far from being great, may be sure that he is a blockhead, equally ignorant of excellence or defect of himself or others.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We judge of others for the most part by their good opinion of themselves; yet nothing gives such offense or creates so many enemies, as that extreme self-complacency or superciliousness of manner, which appears to set the opinion of every one else at defiance.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “It is not the passion of a mind struggling with misfortune, or the hopelessness of its desires, but of a mind preying on itself, and disgusted with, or indifferent to all other things.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We have more faith in a well-written romance while we are reading it than in common history. The vividness of the representations in the one case more than counterbalances the mere knowledge of the truth of facts in the other.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Popularity disarms envy in well-disposed minds. Those are ever the most ready to do justice to others who feel that the world has done them justice. When success has not this effect in opening the mind, it is a sign that it has been ill deserved.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “A man who is determined never to move out of the beaten road cannot lose his way.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The confession of our failings is a thankless office. It savors less of sincerity or modesty than of ostentation. It seems as if we thought our weaknesses as good as other people’s virtues.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Society is a more level surface than we imagine. Wise men or absolute fools are hard to be met with, as there are few giants or dwarfs.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The origin of all science is the desire to know causes, and the origin of all false science is the desire to accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in the unwillingness to acknowledge our own ignorance.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “It may be made a question whether men grow wiser as they grow older, anymore than they grow stronger or healthier or honest.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Virtue steals, like a guilty thing, into the secret haunts of vice and infamy, clings to their devoted victim, and will not be driven quite away. Nothing can destroy the human heart.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The temple of fame stands upon the grave: the flame that burns upon its altars is kindled from the ashes of great men.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “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 Quote: “The most fluent talkers or most plausible reasoners are not always the justest thinkers.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “He who would see old Hoghton right Must view it by the pale moonlight.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Keep your misfortunes to yourself.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Let a man’s talents or virtues be what they may, he will only feel satisfaction in his society as he is satisfied in himself.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “A taste for liberal art is necessary to complete the character of a gentleman, Science alone is hard and mechanical. It exercises the understanding upon things out of ourselves, while it leaves the affections unemployed, or engrossed with our own immediate, narrow interests.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “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 Quote: “There is something captivating in spirit and intrepidity, to which, we often yield as to a resistless power; nor can he reasonably expect, the confidence of others who too apparently distrusts himself.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Every man depends on the quantity of sense, wit, or good manners he brings into society for the reception he meets with in it.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “To be wiser than other men is to be honester than they; and strength of mind is only courage to see and speak the truth.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “None but those who are happy in themselves can make others so.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Those who are fond of setting things to rights, have no great objection to seeing them wrong.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We are all of us, more or less, the slaves of opinion.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Familiarity confounds all traits of distinction; interest and prejudice take away the power of judging.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Men of gravity are intellectual stammerers, whose thoughts move slowly.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We grow tired of ourselves, much more of other people.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “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 Quote: “Good temper is an estate for life.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “A man is a hypocrite only when he affects to take a delight in what he does not feel, not because he takes a perverse delight in opposite things.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Habit in most cases hardens and encrusts by taking away the keener edge of our sensations: but does it not in others quicken and refine, by giving a mechanical facility and by engrafting an acquired sense?”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Affectation is as necessary to the mind as dress is to the body.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Most of the methods for measuring the lapse of time have, I believe, been the contrivance of monks and religious recluses, who, finding time hang heavy on their hands, were at some pains to see how they got rid of it.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “No man would, I think, exchange his existence with any other man, however fortunate. We had as lief not be, as not be ourselves.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “It is a false principle that because we are entirely occupied with ourselves, we must equally occupy the thoughts of others. The contrary inference is the fair one.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Truth from the mouth of an honest man and severity from a good-natured man have a double effect.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Every man, in judging of himself, is his own contemporary. He may feel the gale of popularity, but he cannot tell how long it will last. His opinion of himself wants distance, wants time, wants numbers, to set it off and confirm it.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The assumption of merit is easier, less embarrassing, and more effectual than the actual attainment of it.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Genius is a native to the soil where it grows – is fed by the air, and warmed by the sun; and is not a hothouse plant or an exotic.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We may be willing to tell a story twice, never to hear it more than once.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “A lively blockhead in company is a public benefit. Silence or dulness by the side of folly looks like wisdom.”
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