William Hazlitt Quotes

242 William Hazlitt quotes:

"Some people break promises for the pleasure of breaking them"
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"To be happy, we must be true to nature, and carry our age along with us"
"The youth is better than the old age of friendship."
"Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else."
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"The soul of conversation is sympathy."
"A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one -- they show one another off to the best advantage."
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"No man would, I think, exchange his existence with any other man, however fortunate."
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"The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love; have I not reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do; and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough."
"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"
"There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you."
"The English (it must be owned) are rather a foul-mouthed nation."
"Learning is its own exceeding great reward."
"The player envies only the player, the poet envies only the poet."
"We can scarcely hate anyone that we know."
"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."
"Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that."
"People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel."
"To think ill of mankind and not wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue."
"Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them."
"To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind."

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