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William Hazlitt

"No one is idle, who can do any thing." William Hazlitt
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"We often choose a friend as we do a mistress - for no particular excellence in themselves, but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love." William Hazlitt
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"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." William Hazlitt
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"The confession of our failings is a thankless office. It savors less of sincerity or modesty than of ostentation. It seems as if we thought our weaknesses as good as other people's virtues." William Hazlitt
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"A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means" William Hazlitt
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"A full-dressed ecclesiastic is a sort of go-cart of divinity; an ethical automaton. A clerical prig is, in general, a very dangerous as well as contemptible character. The utmost that those who thus habitually confound their opinions and sentiments with the outside coverings of their bodies can aspire to, is a negative and neutral character, like wax-work figures, where the dress is done as much to the life as the man, and where both are respectable pieces of pasteboard, or harmless compositions of fleecy hosiery." William Hazlitt
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"There is no one thoroughly despicable. We cannot descend much lower than an idiot; and an idiot has some advantages over a wise man." William Hazlitt
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"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
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"There is no force but argument in the case, and it is reason, not the will of another, that gives the law." William Hazlitt
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"If goodness were only a theory, it were a pity it should be lost to the world. There are a number of things, the idea of which is a clear gain to the mind. Let people, for instance, rail at friendship, genius, freedom, as long as they will --the very names of these despised qualities are better than anything else that could be substituted for them, and embalm even the most envenomed satire against them." William Hazlitt
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"The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy." William Hazlitt
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"Death cancels everything but truth; and strips a man of everything but genius and virtue. It is a sort of natural canonization. It makes the meanest of us sacred --it installs the poet in his immortality, and lifts him to the skies. Death is the greatest assayer of the sterling ore of talent. At his touch the dropsy particles fall off, the irritable, the personal, the gross, and mingle with the dust --the finer and more ethereal part mounts with winged spirit to watch over our latest memory, and protect our bones from insult. We consign the least worthy qualities to oblivion, and cherish the nobler and imperishable nature with double pride and fondness." William Hazlitt
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"First impressions are often the truest, as we find (not infrequently) to our cost, when we have been wheedled out of them by plausible professions or studied actions. A man's look is the work of years; it is stamped on his countenance by the events of his whole life, nay, more, by the hand of nature, and it is not to be got rid of easily." William Hazlitt
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"The greatest grossness sometimes accompanies the greatest refinement, as a natural relief." William Hazlitt
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"Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them." William Hazlitt
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"The English (it must be owned) are rather a foul-mouthed nation." William Hazlitt
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"We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts." William Hazlitt
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"A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles." William Hazlitt
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"As is our confidence, so is our capacity." William Hazlitt
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"Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves." William Hazlitt
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"The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves." William Hazlitt
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Roald Dahl
Birth: 1916-09-13 Death: 1990-11-23

"In England once there lived a big And wonderfully clever pig. To everybody it was plain That Piggy had a massive brain. He worked out sums inside his head, There was no book he hadn't read. He knew what made an airplane fly, He knew how engines worked and why. He knew all this, but in the end One question drove him round the bend: He simply couldn't puzzle out What LIFE was really all about. What was the reason for his birth? Why was he placed upon this earth? His giant brain went round and round. Alas, no answer could be found. Till suddenly one wondrous night. All in a flash he saw the light. He jumped up like a ballet dancer And yelled, "By gum, I've got the answer!" "They want my bacon slice by slice "To sell at a tremendous price! "They want my tender juicy chops "To put in all the butcher's shops! "They want my pork to make a roast "And that's the part'll cost the most! "They want my sausages in strings! "They even want my chitterlings! "The butcher's shop! The carving knife! "That is the reason for my life!" Such thoughts as these are not designed To give a pig great piece of mind. Next morning, in comes Farmer Bland, A pail of pigswill in his hand, And piggy with a mighty roar, Bashes the farmer to the floor... Now comes the rather grizzly bit So let's not make too much of it, Except that you must understand That Piggy did eat Farmer Bland, He ate him up from head to toe, Chewing the pieces nice and slow. It took an hour to reach the feet, Because there was so much to eat, And when he finished, Pig, of course, Felt absolutely no remorse. Slowly he scratched his brainy head And with a little smile he said, "I had a fairly powerful hunch "That he might have me for his lunch. "And so, because I feared the worst, "I thought I'd better eat him first.""

Born in Wales, Roald Dahl is the author of some of the world's most beloved children's stories. After working in Africa for Shell Oil and serving in the Royal Air Force as a pilot in World War II, Dahl's accounts of his war adventures were published in Saturday Evening Post. His career as a writer officially underway, Dahl turned to children's stories that are now familiar classics, including "James and the Giant Peach", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Matilda". Dahl passed away in 1990, but left behind a legacy of beloved children's classics that are now being shared with new…



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