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William Hazlitt quotes (127)

A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.
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A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one - they show one another off to the best advantage.
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A hair in the head is worth two in the brush.
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A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could.
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A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man. It is a bugbear to the imagination, and, though we do not believe in it, it still haunts our apprehensions.
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A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it.
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A wise traveler never despises his own country.
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Almost every sect of Christianity is a perversion of its essence, to accommodate it to the prejudices of the world.
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An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may.
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Anyone who has passed though the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape.
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As is our confidence, so is our capacity.
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Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.
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Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
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Dandyism is a variety of genius.
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Defoe says that there were a hundred thousand country fellows in his time ready to fight to the death against popery, without knowing whether popery was a man or a horse.
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Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone - but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming.
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Dr. Johnson was a lazy learned man who liked to think and talk better than to read or write; who, however, wrote much and well, but too often by rote.
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Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.
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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!
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Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality.
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Everything is in motion. Everything flows. Everything is vibrating.
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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.
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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.
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Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use.
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Good temper is one of the greatest preservers of the features.
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Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
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Grace in women has more effect than beauty.
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Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.
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Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
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Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
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He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.
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He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.
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Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that.
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I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about.
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I would like to spend the whole of my life traveling, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend at home.
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I'm not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
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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.
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If the world were good for nothing else, it is a fine subject for speculation.
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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.
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If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you.
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If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory.
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It is better to be able neither to read nor write than to be able to do nothing else.
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It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter.
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It is not fit that every man should travel; it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.
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Learning is its own exceeding great reward.
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Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.
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Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.
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Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust; hatred alone is immortal.
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Man is a make-believe animal: he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.
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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.
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No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.
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No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves.
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No truly great person ever thought themselves so.
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No young man ever thinks he shall die.
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Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them.
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One shining quality lends a lustre to another, or hides some glaring defect.
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Our friends are generally ready to do everything for us, except the very thing we wish them to do.
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People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel.
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Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
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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.
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Prejudice is the child of ignorance.
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Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
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Reflection makes men cowards.
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Rules and models destroy genius and art.
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Satirists gain the applause of others through fear, not through love.
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Some one is generally sure to be the sufferer by a joke.
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Some people break promises for the pleasure of breaking them.
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That which is not, shall never be; that which is, shall never cease to be. To the wise, these truths are self-evident.
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The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.
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The art of pleasing consists in being pleased.
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