William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt (10 April 1778 ? 18 September 1830) was an English writer remembered for his humanistic essays and literary criticism

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Good temper is an estate for life.
The more we do, the more we can do.
To think ill of mankind, and not to wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.
As is our confidence, so is our capacity.
Envy, among other ingredients, has a mixture of love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good fortune.
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
Fashon is the abortive issue of vain ostentation and exclusive egotism it is haughty, trifling, affected, servile, despotic, mean and ambitious, precise and fantastical, all in a breath -- tied to no rule, and bound to conform to every whim of the minute.
First impressions are often the truest, as we find (not infrequently) to our cost, when we have been wheedled out of them by plausible professions or studied actions. A man's look is the work of years it is stamped on his countenance by the events of his whole life, nay, more, by the hand of nature, and it is not to be got rid of easily.
Grace in women has more effect than beauty.
I like a friend better for having faults that one can talk about.
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.
If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago.
If we wish to know the force of human genius we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning we may study his commentators.
If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory.
It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter.
Lest he should wander irretrievably from the right path, he stands still.
Man is a make-believe animal - he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be.
Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel.
No really great man ever thought himself so.
Perhaps the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life has a beginning as well as an end. There was time when we were not this gives us no concern -- why then should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be
Prejudice is the child of ignorance.
Prosperity is a great teacher adversity a greater.
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
The contemplation of truth and beauty is the proper object for which we were created, which calls forth the most intense desires of the soul, and of which it never tires.
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.
The love of liberty is the love of others the love of power is the love of ourselves.
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.
The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are the more leisure we have.
The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves.
The way to procure insults is to submit to them a man meets with no more respect than he exacts.
The way to procure insults is to submit to them: a man meets with no more respect than he exacts.
There is nothing more likely to drive a person mad than...an obstinate, constitutional preference of the true to the agreeable.
Those who can command themselves command others.
To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.
To be happy, we must be true to nature, and carry our age along with us.
To impress the idea of power on others, they must be made in some way to feel it.
We are not hypocrites in our sleep.
We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts.
We often choose a friend as we do a mistress -- for no particular excellence in themselves, but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love.
When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.
Without the aid of prejudice and custom I should not be able to find my way across the room.

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