Quotes by: William Hazlitt
That which is not, shall never be; that which is, shall never cease to be. To the wise, these truths are self-evident.
There are few things in which we deceive ourselves more than in the esteem we profess to entertain for our friends. It is little better than a piece of quackery. The truth is, we think of them as we please, that is, as they please or displease us.
The humblest painter is a true scholar; and the best of scholars the scholar of nature.
No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves.
There is nothing good to be had in the country, or if there is, they will not let you have it.
A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one - they show one another off to the best advantage.
I'm not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
There is no one thoroughly despicable. We cannot descend much lower than an idiot; and an idiot has some advantages over a wise man.
Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them.
One shining quality lends a lustre to another, or hides some glaring defect.
The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.
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.
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.
The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases.
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.