Quotes by: William Hazlitt
If the world were good for nothing else, it is a fine subject for speculation.
Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.
The world judge of men by their ability in their profession, and we judge of ourselves by the same test: for it is on that on which our success in life depends.
Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
The person whose doors I enter with most pleasure, and quit with most regret, never did me the smallest favor.
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.
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.
Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way across the room.
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!
Our friends are generally ready to do everything for us, except the very thing we wish them to do.
Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.
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.
We grow tired of everything but turning others into ridicule, and congratulating ourselves on their defects.
The truly proud man knows neither superiors or inferiors. The first he does not admit of - the last he does not concern himself about.
The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.