William Hazlitt Quotes & Wallpapers

William Hazlitt
Total Quotes: 798

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

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

That which anyone has been long learning unwillingly, he unlearns with proportional eagerness and haste. William Hazlitt

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

The best part of our lives we pass in counting on what is to come. William Hazlitt

We are all of us, more or less, the slaves of opinion. William Hazlitt

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

To impress the idea of power on others, they must be made in some way to feel it. William Hazlitt

A lively blockhead in company is a public benefit. Silence or dulness by the side of folly looks like wisdom. William Hazlitt

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

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

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

A man who is determined never to move out of the beaten road cannot lose his way. William Hazlitt

We are not satisfied to be right, unless we can prove others to be quite wrong. William Hazlitt

A thought must tell at once, or not at all. William Hazlitt

Men are in numberless instances qualified for certain things, for no other reason than because they are qualified for nothing else. William Hazlitt

Every one in a crowd has the power to throw dirt; none out of ten have the inclination. William Hazlitt

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

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

Affectation is as necessary to the mind as dress is to the body. William Hazlitt

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

I am always afraid of a fool. One cannot be sure that he is not a knave as well. William Hazlitt

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

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

We grow tired of ourselves, much more of other people. William Hazlitt

The vain man makes a merit of misfortune, and triumphs in his disgrace. William Hazlitt

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

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

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

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks. William Hazlitt

Venerate art as art. William Hazlitt

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

The silence of a friend commonly amounts to treachery. His not daring to say anything in our behalf implies a tacit censure. William Hazlitt

Asleep, nobody is a hypocrite William Hazlitt

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food. William Hazlitt

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

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. William Hazlitt

We are not hypocrites in our sleep. William Hazlitt

Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them. William Hazlitt

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

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

Wit is, in fact, the eloquence of indifference. William Hazlitt

The way to procure insults is to submit to them. A man meets with no more respect than he exacts. William Hazlitt

The ignorance of the world leaves one at the mercy of its malice. William Hazlitt

I have a much greater ambition to be the best racket player than the best prose writer. William Hazlitt

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

Familiarity confounds all traits of distinction; interest and prejudice take away the power of judging. William Hazlitt

A proud man is satisfied with his own good opinion, and does not seek to make converts to it. William Hazlitt

Life is the art of being well deceived. William Hazlitt

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

No man can thoroughly master more than one art or science. William Hazlitt

Tears may be considered as the natural and involuntary resource of the mind overcome by some sudden and violent emotion, before ithas had time to reconcile its feelings to the change in circumstances: while laughter may be defined to be the same sort of convulsive and involuntary movement, occasioned by mere sur prise or contrast (in the absence of any more serious emotion), before it has time to reconcile its belief to contradictory appearances. William Hazlitt

The world dread nothing so much as being convinced of their errors. William Hazlitt

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

Whatever interests is interesting. William Hazlitt

Nothing precludes sympathy so much as a perfect indifference to it. William Hazlitt

We may give more offense by our silence than even by impertinence. William Hazlitt

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

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

True friendship is self-love at second-hand. William Hazlitt

Death is the greatest evil, because it cuts off hope. William Hazlitt

He who is as faithful to his principles as he is to himself is the true partisan. William Hazlitt

Those who are pleased with the fewest things know the least, as those who are pleased with everything know nothing. William Hazlitt

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

The great requisite for the prosperous management of ordinary business is the want of imagination. William Hazlitt

It is remarkable how virtuous and generously disposed every one is at a play. William Hazlitt

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

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

Man is a poetical animal, and delights in fiction. William Hazlitt

Men of gravity are intellectual stammerers, whose thoughts move slowly. William Hazlitt

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