William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt

English writer

Lived from: 1778-1830

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: William Hazlitt

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    Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering the weaknesses of others.
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    A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one - they show one another off to the best advantage.
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    A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could.
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    A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man.

    Source: Round table

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    A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man. It is a bugbear to the imagination, and, though we do not believe in it, it still haunts our apprehensions.
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    A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it.
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    A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.
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    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.
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    An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may.
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    Anyone who has passed through the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape.
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    As is our confidence, so is our capacity.
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    Belief is with them mechanical, voluntary: they believe what they are paid for - they swear to that which turns to account. Do you suppose, that after years spent in this manner, they have any feeling left answering to the difference between truth and falsehood?
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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.
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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.
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    Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.
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