Quotes by: William Hazlitt

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We find many things to which the prohibition of them constitutes the only temptation.
William Hazlitt
To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous.
William Hazlitt
You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
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
No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.
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 ought to be.
William Hazlitt
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.
William Hazlitt
The way to get on in the world is to be neither more nor less wise, neither better nor worse than your neighbours.
William Hazlitt
Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that.
William Hazlitt
It is better to be able neither to read nor write than to be able to do nothing else.
William Hazlitt
To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living.
William Hazlitt
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.
William Hazlitt
Almost every sect of Christianity is a perversion of its essence, to accommodate it to the prejudices of the world.
William Hazlitt
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.
William Hazlitt
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.
William Hazlitt
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
William Hazlitt
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