Quotes by: William Hazlitt
We find many things to which the prohibition of them constitutes the only temptation.
To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous.
You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
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.
No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.
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.
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.
The way to get on in the world is to be neither more nor less wise, neither better nor worse than your neighbours.
Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that.
It is better to be able neither to read nor write than to be able to do nothing else.
To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living.
The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love; have I not reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do; and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough.
Almost every sect of Christianity is a perversion of its essence, to accommodate it to the prejudices of the world.
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.
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.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.