WILLIAM HAZLITT Quotes

He who comes up to his own idea of greatness must always have had a very low standard of it in mind

William Hazlitt

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

Poverty, labor, and calamity are not without their luxuries, which the rich, the indolent, and the fortunate in vain seek for.

William Hazlitt

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

William Hazlitt

A wise traveler never despises his own country.

William Hazlitt

Fashion is gentility running away from vulgarity and afraid of being overtaken.

William Hazlitt

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.

William Hazlitt

We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts.

William Hazlitt

[Science is] the desire to know causes.

William Hazlitt

I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it raging and roaring like a wild beast in its den. It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free and ending just where it began

William Hazlitt

Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.

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

Vice is man's nature: virtue is a habit -- or a mask. . . . The foregoing maxim shows the difference between truth and sarcasm.

William Hazlitt

Human life may be regarded as a succession of frontispieces. The way to be satisfied is never to look back.

William Hazlitt

A nickname is the hardest stone that the devil can throw at a man.

William Hazlitt

Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.

William Hazlitt

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