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William Hazlitt

"No one is idle, who can do any thing." William Hazlitt
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William Hazlitt

"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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English Critic    Hypocrisy   

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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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William Hazlitt

"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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