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William Hazlitt Quote: “We are governed by sympathy; and the extent of our sympathy is determined by that of our sensibility.”
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: “Good temper is one of the greatest preservers of the features.”
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: “What passes in the world for talent or dexterity or enterprise is often only a want of moral principle. We may succeed where others fail, not from a greater share of invention, but from not being nice in the choice of expedients.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The vices are never so well employed as in combating one another.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “There is an unseemly exposure of the mind, as well as of the body.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The chain of habit coils itself around the heart like a serpent, to gnaw and stifle it.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Taste is nothing but an enlarged capacity for receiving pleasure from works of imagination.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Fashion constantly begins and ends in the two things it abhors most, singularity and vulgarity.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Some one is generally sure to be the sufferer by a joke.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We talk little when we do not talk about ourselves.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Shall I faint, now that I have poured out the spirit of my mind to the world, and treated many subjects with truth, with freedom, with power, because I have been followed with one cry of abuse ever since for not being a Government tool?”
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: “Comedy naturally wears itself out – destroys the very food on which it lives; and by constantly and successfully exposing the follies and weaknesses of mankind to ridicule, in the end leaves itself nothing worth laughing at.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “The slaves of power mind the cause they have to serve, because their own interest is concerned; but the friends of liberty always sacrifice their cause, which is only the cause of humanity, to their own spleen, vanity, and self-opinion.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “A proud man is satisfied with his own good opinion, and does not seek to make converts to it.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Spleen can subsist on any kind of food.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We are all of us, more or less, the slaves of opinion.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “We must be doing something to be happy.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “But of all footmen the lowest class is literary footmen.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Those who have the largest hearts have the soundest understandings; and they are the truest philosophers who can forget themselves.”
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: “Nothing precludes sympathy so much as a perfect indifference to 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: “The humblest painter is a true scholar; and the best of scholars the scholar of nature.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “It is not fit that every man should travel; it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.”
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: “Success in business is seldom owing to uncommon talents or original power which is untractable and self-willed, but to the greatest degree of commonplace capacity.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Men will die for an opinion as soon as for anything else.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Those only deserve a monument who do not need one.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “What is popular is not necessarily vulgar; and that which we try to rescue from fatal obscurity had in general much better remain where it is.”
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: “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: “Language, if it throws a veil over our ideas, adds a softness and refinement to them, like that which the atmosphere gives to naked objects.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “It might be argued, that to be a knave is the gift of fortune, but to play the fool to advantage it is necessary to be a learned man.”
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: “Almost every sect of Christianity is a perversion of its essence, to accommodate it to the prejudices of the world.”
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 love of fame is almost another name for the love of excellence; or it is the ambition to attain the highest excellence, sanctioned by the highest authority, that of time.”
William Hazlitt Quote: “Vanity does not refer to the opinion a man entertains of himself, but to that which he wishes others to entertain of him.”
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: “Honesty is one part of eloquence. We persuade others by being in earnest ourselves.”
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