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William Hazlitt Quote: “You are never tired of painting, because you have to set down not what you know already, but what you have just discovered.”
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: “I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Humanity is to be met with in a den of robbers.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “To great evils we submit; yet we resent little provocations.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We uniformly applaud what is right and condemn what is wrong, when it costs us nothing but the sentiment.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Mankind are so ready to bestow their admiration on the dead, because the latter do not hear it, or because it gives no pleasure to the objects of it. Even fame is the offspring of envy.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Art must anchor in nature, or it is the sport of every breath of folly.”
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: “We are not satisfied to be right, unless we can prove others to be quite wrong.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “I have a much greater ambition to be the best racket player than the best prose writer.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The fear of punishment may be necessary to the suppression of vice; but it also suspends the finer motives of virtue.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We must overact our part in some measure, in order to produce any effect at all.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Weakness has its hidden resources, as well as strength. There is a degree of folly and meanness which we cannot calculate upon, and by which we are as much liable to be foiled as by the greatest ability or courage.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We can bear to be deprived of everything but our self-conceit.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “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 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: “Gallantry to women – the sure road to their favor – is nothing but the appearance of extreme devotion to all their wants and wishes, a delight in their satisfaction, and a confidence in yourself as being able to contribute toward it.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Perhaps propriety is as near a word as any to denote the manners of the gentleman; elegance is necessary to the fine gentleman; dignity is proper to noblemen; and majesty to kings.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Books are a world in themselves, it is true; but they are not the only world. The world itself is a volume larger than all the libraries in it.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Persons who undertake to pry into, or cleanse out all the filth of a common sewer, either cannot have very nice noses, or will soon lose them.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “In exploring new and doubtful tracts of speculation, the mind strikes out true and original views; as a drop of water hesitates at first what direction it will take, but afterwards follows its own course.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Human life may be regarded as a succession of frontispieces. The way to be satisfied is never to look back.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The person whose doors I enter with most pleasure, and quit with most regret, never did me the smallest favor.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “One of the pleasantest things in the world is going a journey; but I like to go by myself. I can enjoy society in a room; but out of doors, nature is company enough for me. I am then never less lone than when alone... I cannot see the wit of walking and talking at the same time. When I am in the country, I wish to vegetate like the country... I like solitude, when I give myself up to it, for the sake of solitude...”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The true barbarian is he who thinks everything barbarous but his own tastes and prejudices.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “While we desire, we do not enjoy; and with enjoyment desire ceases.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “That which anyone has been long learning unwillingly, he unlearns with proportional eagerness and haste.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “To the proud the slightest repulse or disappointment is the last indignity.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “A knave thinks himself a fool, all the time he is not making a fool of some other person.”
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: “Spleen can subsist on any kind of food.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “By retaliating our sufferings on the heads of those we love, we get rid of a present uneasiness and incur lasting remorse. With the accomplishment of our revenge our fondness returns; so that we feel the injury we have done them, even more than they do.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “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 Quote: “Reflection makes men cowards.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The public is so in awe of its own opinion that it never dares to form any, but catches up the first idle rumour, lest it should be behindhand in its judgment, and echoes it till it is deafened with the sound of its own voice.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We prefer a person with vivacity and high spirits, though bordering upon insolence, to the timid and pusillanimous; we are fonder of wit joined to malice than of dullness without it.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Mankind are a herd of knaves and fools. It is necessary to join the crowd, or get out of their way, in order not to be trampled to death by them.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “People do not persist in their vices because they are not weary of them, but because they cannot leave them off. It is the nature of vice to leave us no resource but in itself.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “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 Quote: “The best kind of conversation is that which may be called thinking aloud.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Religion either makes men wise and virtuous, or it makes them set up false pretenses to both.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “When one can do better than everyone else in the same walk, one does not make any very painful exertions to outdo oneself. The progress of improvement ceases nearly at the point where competition ends.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “An accomplished coquette excites the passions of others, in proportion as she feels none herself.”
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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