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William Hazlitt
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The origin of all science is the desire to know causes, and the origin of all false science is the desire to accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in the unwillingness to acknowledge our own ignorance. William Hazlitt
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Every one in a crowd has the power to throw dirt; none out of ten have the inclination. William Hazlitt
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No wise man can have a contempt for the prejudices of others; and he should even stand in a certain awe of his own, as if they were aged parents and monitors. They may in the end prove wiser than he. William Hazlitt
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It is only necessary to raise a bugbear before the English imagination in order to govern it at will. Whatever they hate or fear, they implicitly believe in, merely from the scope it gives to these passions. William Hazlitt
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Gallantry to women - the sure road to their favor - is nothing but the appearance of extreme devotion to all their wants and wishes, a delight in their satisfaction, and a confidence in yourself as being able to contribute toward it William Hazlitt
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Affectation is as necessary to the mind as dress is to the body. William Hazlitt
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Grace in women has more effect than beauty. We sometimes see a certain fine self-possession, an habitual voluptuousness of character, which reposes on its own sensations and derives pleasure from all around it, that is more irresistible than any other attraction. There is an air of languid enjoyment in such persons, "in their eyes, in their arms, and their hands, and their face," which robs us of ourselves, and draws us by a secret sympathy towards them. William Hazlitt
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I am always afraid of a fool. One cannot be sure that he is not a knave as well. William Hazlitt
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It might be argued, that to be a knave is the gift of fortune, but to play the fool to advantage it is necessary to be a learned man. William Hazlitt
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The soil of friendship is worn out with constant use. Habit may still attach us to each other, but we feel ourselves fettered by it. Old friends might be compared to old married people without the tie of children. William Hazlitt
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We grow tired of ourselves, much more of other people. William Hazlitt
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The vain man makes a merit of misfortune, and triumphs in his disgrace. William Hazlitt
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I have known persons without a friend-never any one without some virtue. The virtues of the former conspired with their vices to make the whole world their enemies. William Hazlitt
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Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food. William Hazlitt
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Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity. William Hazlitt
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Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. William Hazlitt
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We are not hypocrites in our sleep. William Hazlitt
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Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them. William Hazlitt
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If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago. William Hazlitt
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The devil was a great loss in the preternatural world. He was always something to fear and to hate; he supplied the antagonist powers of the imagination, and the arch of true religion hardly stands firm without him. William Hazlitt
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That which anyone has been long learning unwillingly, he unlearns with proportional eagerness and haste. William Hazlitt
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One is always more vexed at losing a game of any sort by a single hole or ace, than if one has never had a chance of winning it. William Hazlitt
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The best part of our lives we pass in counting on what is to come. William Hazlitt
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We are all of us, more or less, the slaves of opinion. William Hazlitt
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Our notions with respect to the importance of life, and our attachment to it, depend on a principle which has very little to do with its happiness or its misery. The love of life is, in general, the effect not of our enjoyments, but of our passions. William Hazlitt
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Shall I faint, now that I have poured out the spirit of my mind to the world, and treated many subjects with truth, with freedom, with power, because I have been followed with one cry of abuse ever since for not being a Government tool? William Hazlitt
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Modesty is the lowest of the virtues, and is a real confession of the deficiency it indicates. He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others. William Hazlitt
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The affected modesty of most women is a decoy for the generous, the delicate, and unsuspecting; while the artful, the bold, and unfeeling either see or break through its slender disguises. William Hazlitt
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Wit is, in fact, the eloquence of indifference. William Hazlitt
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Do you suppose we owe nothing to Pope's deformity? He said to himself, If my person be crooked, my verses I shall be straight. William Hazlitt
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Charity in the theatre usually begins and ends with people who have a play opening the week following one's own. Their unlikely benevolence is not so much a purity of heart as the knowledge that they face a firing line with rifles aimed in exactly the same direction. Moss Hart, Act One (1959) To think ill of mankind, and not wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue. William Hazlitt
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Venerate art as art. William Hazlitt
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Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks. William Hazlitt
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We are fonder of visiting our friends in health than in sickness. We judge less favorably of their characters when any misfortune happens to them; and a lucky hit, either in business or reputation, improves even their personal appearance in our eyes. William Hazlitt
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The silence of a friend commonly amounts to treachery. His not daring to say anything in our behalf implies a tacit censure. William Hazlitt
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Asleep, nobody is a hypocrite William Hazlitt
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To impress the idea of power on others, they must be made in some way to feel it. William Hazlitt
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A lively blockhead in company is a public benefit. Silence or dulness by the side of folly looks like wisdom. William Hazlitt
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A man who is determined never to move out of the beaten road cannot lose his way. William Hazlitt
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We are not satisfied to be right, unless we can prove others to be quite wrong. William Hazlitt
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A thought must tell at once, or not at all. William Hazlitt
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Men are in numberless instances qualified for certain things, for no other reason than because they are qualified for nothing else. William Hazlitt
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A really great man has always an idea of something greater than himself. William Hazlitt
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No act terminating in itself constitutes greatness. William Hazlitt
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The way to procure insults is to submit to them. A man meets with no more respect than he exacts. William Hazlitt
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A Whig is properly what is called a Trimmer - that is, a coward to both sides of the question, who dare not be a knave nor an honest man, but is a sort of whiffing, shuffling, cunning, silly, contemptible, unmeaning negation of the two. William Hazlitt
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The great requisite for the prosperous management of ordinary business is the want of imagination. William Hazlitt
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Fashion is gentility running away from vulgarity and afraid of being overtaken William Hazlitt
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One of the pleasantest things in the world is going on a journey; I can enjoy society in a room; but out of doors, nature is company enough for me. I am then never less alone than when alone. William Hazlitt
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Silence is one great art of conversation. William Hazlitt
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It is remarkable how virtuous and generously disposed every one is at a play. William Hazlitt
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To speak highly of one with whom we are intimate is a species of egotism. Our modesty as well as our jealousy teaches us caution on this subject. William Hazlitt
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It is only those who never think at all, or else who have accustomed themselves to blood invariably on abstract ideas, that ever feel ennui. William Hazlitt
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Man is a poetical animal, and delights in fiction. William Hazlitt
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Men of gravity are intellectual stammerers, whose thoughts move slowly. William Hazlitt
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Many a man would have turned rogue if he knew how. William Hazlitt
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The severest critics are always those who have either never attempted, or who have failed in original composition. William Hazlitt
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Our opinions are not our own, but in the power of sympathy. If a person tells us a palpable falsehood, we not only dare not contradict him, but we dare hardly disbelieve him to his face. A lie boldly uttered has the effect of truth for the instant. William Hazlitt
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Comedy naturally wears itself out - destroys the very food on which it lives; and by constantly and successfully exposing the follies and weaknesses of mankind to ridicule, in the end leaves itself nothing worth laughing at. William Hazlitt
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Whatever interests is interesting. William Hazlitt
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The true barbarian is he who thinks everything barbarous but his own tastes and prejudices. William Hazlitt
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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
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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
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The humblest painter is a true scholar; and the best of scholars the scholar of nature. William Hazlitt
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The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings. William Hazlitt
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To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living. William Hazlitt
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Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use. William Hazlitt
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Those who can command themselves command others. William Hazlitt
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The ignorance of the world leaves one at the mercy of its malice. William Hazlitt
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I have a much greater ambition to be the best racket player than the best prose writer. William Hazlitt
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