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William Hazlitt Quote: “There cannot be a surer proof of low origin, or of an innate meanness of disposition, than to be always talking and thinking of being genteel.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “There are only three pleasures in life pure and lasting, and all derived from inanimate things-books, pictures and the face of nature.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Sincerity has to do with the connexion between our words and thoughts, and not between our beliefs and actions.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “A great mind is one that can forget or look beyond itself.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “He who comes up to his own idea of greatness must always have had a very low standard of it in his mind.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “When I take up a book I have read before, I know what to expect; the satisfaction is not lessened by being anticipated. I shake hands with, and look our old tried and valued friend in the face, – compare notes and chat the hour away.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Refinement creates beauty everywhere. It is the grossness of the spectator that discovers anything like grossness in the object.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We must overact our part in some measure, in order to produce any effect at all.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The ignorance of the world leaves one at the mercy of its malice.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “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 Quote: “Cant is the voluntary overcharging or prolongation of a real sentiment; hypocrisy is the setting up a pretension to a feeling you never had and have no wish for.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We can scarcely hate anyone that we know.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “A woman’s vanity is interested in making the object of her choice the god of her idolatry.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We prefer ourselves to others, only because we a have more intimate consciousness and confirmed opinion of our own claims and merits than of any other person’s.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one – they show one another off to the best advantage.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The greatest reverses of fortune are the most easily borne from a sort of dignity belonging to them.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Satirists gain the applause of others through fear, not through love.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “What are the publications that succeed? Those that pretend to teach the public that the persons they have been accustomed unwittingly to look up to as the lights of the earth are no better than themselves.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “If our hours were all serene, we might probably take almost as little note of them as the dial does of those that are clouded.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “In public speaking, we must appeal either to the prejudices of others, or to the love of truth and justice. If we think merely of displaying our own ability, we shall ruin every cause we undertake.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “There is nothing more likely to drive a man mad, than the being unable to get rid of the idea of the distinction between right and wrong, and an obstinate, constitutional preference of the true to the agreeable.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Art must anchor in nature, or it is the sport of every breath of folly.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Natural affection is a prejudice; for though we have cause to love our nearest connections better than others, we have no reason to think them better than others.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Vulgar prejudices are those which arise out of accident, ignorance, or authority; natural prejudices are those which arise out of the constitution of the human mind itself.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “There are some persons who never succeed from being too indolent to undertake anything; and others who regularly fail, because the instant they find success in their power, they grow indifferent, and give over the attempt.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The art of pleasing consists in being pleased.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it roaring and raging like a wild beast in its den. It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free, and ending just where it began.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Diffidence and awkwardness are antidotes to love.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “A great chessplayer is not a great man, for he leaves the world as he found it.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Confidence gives a fool the advantage over a wise man.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “One said a tooth drawer was a kind of unconscionable trade, because his trade was nothing else but to take away those things whereby every man gets his living.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The florid style is the reverse of the familiar. The last is employed as an unvarnished medium to convey ideas; the first is resorted to as a spangled veil to conceal the want of them. When there is nothing to be set down but words, it costs little to have them fine.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “It is remarkable how virtuous and generously disposed every one is at a play.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Wonder at the first sight of works of art may be the effect of ignorance and novelty; but real admiration and permanent delight in them are the growth of taste and knowledge.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Repose is as necessary in conversation as in a picture.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The greatest offence against virtue is to speak ill of it.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Humanity is to be met with in a den of robbers.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “To die is only to be as we were before we were born; yet no one feels any remorse, or regret, or repugnance, in contemplating this last idea.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Political truth is libel; religious truth, blasphemy.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The affected modesty of most women is a decoy for the generous, the delicate, and unsuspecting; while the artful, the bold, and unfeeling either see or break through its slender disguises.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “A man in love prefers his passion to every other consideration, and is fonder of his mistress than he is of virtue. Should she prove vicious, she makes vice lovely in his eyes.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Liberty is the only true riches: of all the rest we are at once the masters and the slaves.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “I am always afraid of a fool. One cannot be sure that he is not a knave as well.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The discussing the characters and foibles of common friends is a great sweetness and cement of friendship.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “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 Quote: “There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “An accomplished coquette excites the passions of others, in proportion as she feels none herself.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “I like a person who knows his own mind and sticks to it; who sees at once what, in given circumstances, is to be done, and does it.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “General principles are not the less true or important because from their nature they elude immediate observation; they are like the air, which is not the less necessary because we neither see nor feel it.”
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