William Hazlitt Quotes

As hypocrisy is said to be the highest compliment to virtue, the art of lying is the strongest acknowledgment of the force of truth.

William Hazlitt

Asleep, nobody is a hypocrite.

William Hazlitt

He is a hypocrite who professes what he does not believe; not he who does not practice all he wishes or approves.

William Hazlitt

Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought.

William Hazlitt

Words are the only things that last forever

William Hazlitt

Life is the art of being well deceived.

William Hazlitt

Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.

William Hazlitt

Prejudice is the child of ignorance.

William Hazlitt

The thing is plain. All that men really understand, is confined to a very small compass; to their daily affairs and experience; to what they have an opportunity to know, and motives to study or practice. The rest is affectation and imposture

William Hazlitt

The love of fame is almost another name for the love of excellence; or it is the ambition to attain the highest excellence, sanctioned by the highest authority, that of time.

William Hazlitt

If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you.

William Hazlitt

Fashion constantly begins and ends in the two things it abhors most, singularity and vulgarity.

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

We are thankful for good-will rather than for services, for the motive than the quantum of favor received.

William Hazlitt

One would imagine that books were, like women, the worse for being old that they open their leaves more cordially that the spirit of enjoyment wears out with the spirit of novelty and that after a certain age, it is high time to put them on the s.

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