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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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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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Every one in a crowd has the power to throw dirt; none out of ten have the inclination. 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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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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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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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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Venerate art as art. 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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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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Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The soul of dispatch is decision. William Hazlitt
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The public is so in awe of its own opinion that it never dares to form any, but catches up the first idle rumour, lest it should be behindhand in its judgment, and echoes it till it is deafened with the sound of its own voice. William Hazlitt
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Keep your misfortunes to yourself. William Hazlitt
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Those are ever the most ready to do justice to others, who feel that the world has done them justice. William Hazlitt
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You are never tired of painting, because you have to set down not what you know already, but what you have just discovered. 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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Natural affection is a prejudice; for though we have cause to love our nearest connections better than others, we have no reason to think them better than others. William Hazlitt
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Familiarity confounds all traits of distinction; interest and prejudice take away the power of judging. William Hazlitt
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A proud man is satisfied with his own good opinion, and does not seek to make converts to it. William Hazlitt
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Life is the art of being well deceived. William Hazlitt
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We are the creatures of imagination, passion, and self-will, more than of reason or even of self-interest. Even in the common transactions and daily intercourse of life, we are governed by whim, caprice, prejudice, or accident. The falling of a teacup puts us out of temper for the day; and a quarrel that commenced about the pattern of a gown may end only with our lives. William Hazlitt
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No man can thoroughly master more than one art or science. William Hazlitt
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Walk groundly, talk profoundly, drink roundly, sleep soundly. William Hazlitt
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The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy. William Hazlitt
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The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. 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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Believe all the good you can of everyone. Do not measure others by yourself. If they have advantages which you have not, let your liberality keep pace with their good fortune. Envy no one, and you need envy no one. William Hazlitt
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We imagine that the admiration of the works of celebrated men has become common, because the admiration of their names has become so. William Hazlitt
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