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William Hazlitt

"There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion." William Hazlitt
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William Hazlitt

"The true barbarian is he who thinks everything barbarous but his own tastes and prejudices." William Hazlitt
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"They are, as it were, train-bearers in the pageant of life, and hold a glass up to humanity, frailer than itself. We see ourselves at second-hand in them: they show us all that we are, all that we wish to be, and all that we dread to be. What brings the resemblance nearer is, that, as they imitate us, we, in our turn, imitate them. There is no class of society whom so many persons regard with affection as actors." William Hazlitt
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Acting And Actors    Humanity   

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"There is no prejudice so strong as that which arises from a fancied exemption from all prejudice." William Hazlitt
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English Critic    Prejudice   

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"The power rests with the multitude, but let them beware how the exercise of it turns against their own rights! It is not the idol but the worshippers that are to be dreaded, and who, by degrading one of their fellows, render themselves liable to be branded with the same indignities." William Hazlitt
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"There are few things in which we deceive ourselves more than in the esteem we profess to entertain for our friends. It is little better than a piece of quackery. The truth is, we think of them as we please --that is, as they please or displease us." William Hazlitt
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"Our energy is in proportion to the resistance it meets." William Hazlitt
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"A person may be indebted for a nose or an eye, for a graceful carriage or a voluble discourse, to a great-aunt or uncle, whose existence he has scarcely heard of." William Hazlitt
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"What I mean by living to one's-self is living in the world, as in it, not of it: it is as if no one know there was such a person, and you wished no one to know it: it is to be a silent spectator of the mighty scene of things, not an object of attention or curiosity in it; to take a thoughtful, anxious interest in what is passing in the world, but not to feel the slightest inclination to make or meddle with it." William Hazlitt
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"The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature." William Hazlitt
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English Critic    Heaven   

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"The way to get on in the world is to be neither more nor less wise, neither better nor worse than your neighbours." William Hazlitt
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"Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they might have been." William Hazlitt
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"There is nothing more likely to drive a man mad, than the being unable to get rid of the idea of the distinction between right and wrong, and an obstinate, constitutional preference of the true to the agreeable." William Hazlitt
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Integrity    Man   

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"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
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"The are of will-making chiefly consists in baffling the importunity of expectation." William Hazlitt
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Expectation    Inheritance   

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"You will hear more good things on the outside of a stagecoach from London to Oxford than if you were to pass a twelve-month with the undergraduates, or heads of colleges, of that famous university." William Hazlitt
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"There are persons who cannot make friends. Who are they? Those who cannot be friends. It is not the want of understanding or good nature, of entertaining or useful qualities, that you complain of: on the contrary, they have probably many points of attraction; but they have one that neutralizes all these --they care nothing about you, and are neither the better nor worse for what you think of them. They manifest no joy at your approach; and when you leave them, it is with a feeling that they can do just as well without you. This is not sullenness, nor indifference, nor absence of mind; but they are intent solely on their own thoughts, and you are merely one of the subjects they exercise them upon. They live in society as in a solitude." William Hazlitt
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"Nothing is more unjust or capricious than public opinion." William Hazlitt
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"Every one in a crowd has the power to throw dirt; none out of ten have the inclination." William Hazlitt
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"Zeal will do more than knowledge." William Hazlitt
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English Critic    Knowledge   

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"If our hours were all serene, we might probably take almost as little note of them, as the dial does of those that are clouded." William Hazlitt
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