William Hazlitt Quotes

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.

William Hazlitt

Whatever excites the spirit of contradiction is capable of producing the last effects of heroism; which is only the highest pitch of obstinacy, in a good or bad cause, in wisdom or folly.

William Hazlitt

The world judge of men by their ability in their profession, and we judge of ourselves by the same test: for it is on that on which our success in life depends.

William Hazlitt

Good temper is an estate for life

William Hazlitt

When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.

William Hazlitt

The are of will-making chiefly consists in baffling the importunity of expectation.

William Hazlitt

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.

William Hazlitt

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.

William Hazlitt

A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means

William Hazlitt

If I were dying, my last words would be, have faith and pursue the unknown end.

William Hazlitt

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

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