William Hazlitt Quotes
A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.
A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one - they show one another off to the best advantage.
A hair in the head is worth two in the brush.
A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could.
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.
A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it.
A wise traveler never despises his own country.
Almost every sect of Christianity is a perversion of its essence, to accommodate it to the prejudices of the world.
An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may.
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.
As is our confidence, so is our capacity.
Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.
Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
Dandyism is a variety of genius.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality.
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April 10, 1778
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