William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt (1778-04-10 1830-09-18) was an English writer remembered for his humanistic essays and literary criticism. He is sometimes esteemed the greatest English literary critic after Samuel Johnson.
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The way to procure insults is to submit to them: a man meets with no more respect than he exacts.

William Hazlitt

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.

William Hazlitt

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

The art of pleasing consists in being pleased.

William Hazlitt

If you think you can win, you can. Faith is necessary to victory.

William Hazlitt

I should like to spend the whole of my life in travelling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home.

William Hazlitt

The essence of poetry is will and passion.

William Hazlitt

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.

William Hazlitt

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 might have been.

William Hazlitt

Memory cannot exist without endurance of the things perceived, and the thing perceived cannot remain where it has never been.

William Hazlitt

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.

William Hazlitt

The truly proud man knows neither superiors nor inferiors. The first he does not admit of; the last he does not concern himself about.

William Hazlitt

We must be doing something to be happy.

William Hazlitt

Learning is its own exceeding great reward.

William Hazlitt

If a person has no delicacy, he has you in his power.

William Hazlitt

The poetical impression of any object is that uneasy, exquisite sense of beauty or power that cannot be contained within itself; that is impatient of all limit; that (as flame bends to flame) strives to link itself to some other image of kindred beauty or grandeur; to enshrine itself, as it were, in the highest forms of fancy, and to relieve the aching sense of pleasure by expressing it in the boldest manner.

William Hazlitt

That which any one has been long learning unwillingly, he unlearns with proportional eagerness and haste.

William Hazlitt

Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.

William Hazlitt

Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.

William Hazlitt

Our energy is in proportion to the resistance it meets. We attempt nothing great but from a sense of the difficulties we have to encounter, we persevere in nothing great but from a pride in overcoming them.

William Hazlitt

The humblest painter is a true scholar; and the best of scholars the scholar of nature.

William Hazlitt

Grace in women has more effect than beauty.

William Hazlitt

Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.

William Hazlitt

The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others. They are safe from reprisals. And have no hope of rising in their own self esteem but by lowering their neighbors.

William Hazlitt

Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust; hatred alone is immortal.

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