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William Hazlitt quotes (30)
Violence ever defeats its own ends. Where you cannot drive you can always persuade. A gentle word a kind look a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. 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 Category: Respect
Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
William Hazlitt Category: Government
The surest hindrance of success is to have too high a standard of refinement in our own minds or too high an opinion of the judgment of the public. He who is determined not to be satisfied with anything short of perfection will never do anything to please himself or others.
William Hazlitt Category: Perfection
Well I've had a happy life.
William Hazlitt Category: Last
Words are the only things that last forever.
William Hazlitt Category: Word
The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down and requires to be constantly wound up.
William Hazlitt Category: Mind
He who comes up to his own idea of greatness must always have had a very low standard of it in mind.
William Hazlitt Category: Gravity
I should like to spend the whole of my life in traveling Abroad if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend Afterwards at home.
William Hazlitt Category: Home
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 Category: Book
I am always afraid of a fool; one cannot be sure he is not a knave.
William Hazlitt Category: Fool
The art of pleasing consists in being pleased.
William Hazlitt Category: Please
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 Category: Animals
Modesty is the lowest of the virtues and is a confession of the deficiency it indicates. He who undervalues himself is justly overvalued by others.
William Hazlitt Category: Modesty
We can bear to be deprived of everything but our self-conceit.
William Hazlitt Category: Unsorted
The more we do the more we can do; the more busy we are the more leisure we have.
William Hazlitt Category: False
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth more than ruin more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary destructive and terrible thought is merciless to privilege established institutions and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free the light of the world and the chief glory of man.
William Hazlitt Category: Afraid
Prejudice is the child of ignorance.
William Hazlitt Category: Prejudice
The most fluent talkers or most plausible reasoners are not always the justest thinkers.
William Hazlitt Category: Talk
Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
William Hazlitt Category: Thief
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 Category: Gallant
When I am in the country I wish to vegetate like the country.
William Hazlitt Category: Countryside
To be happy we must be true to nature and carry our age Along with us.
William Hazlitt Category: Age
He is a man of capacity who possesses considerable intellectual riches: while he is a man of genius who finds out a vein of new ore. Originality is the seeing nature differently from others and yet as it is in itself. It is not singularity or affectation but the discovery of new and valuable truth. All the world do not see the whole meaning of any object they have been looking at. Habit blinds them to some things: shortsightedness to others. Every mind is not a gauge and measure of truth. Nature has her surface and her dark recesses. She is deep obscure and infinite. It is only minds on whom she makes her fullest impressions that can penetrate her shrine or unveil her Holy of Holies. It is only those whom she has filled with her spirit that have the boldness or the power to reveal her mysteries to others.
William Hazlitt Category: Creative
Travel is the perfect liberty to think feel do just as one pleases.
William Hazlitt Category: Journey
We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it.
William Hazlitt Category: Action
If mankind had wished for what is right they might have had it long ago.
William Hazlitt Category: Right
Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.
William Hazlitt Category: Promise
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
William Hazlitt Category: Adversity
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
William Hazlitt Category: Life
There is nothing more to be esteemed than a manly firmness And decision of character. I like a person who knows his own mind and sticks to it; who sees at once what is to be done in given circumstances and does it.
William Hazlitt Category: Decency