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William Hazlitt
William Hazlitt

The son of a Unitarian minister, William Hazlitt originally wanted to be a painter, but he turned instead to literature and journalism, becoming an associate of other members of the Romantic School, including Wordsworth, Coleridge and Hunt. Hazlitt was one of the greatest literary critics to have ever lived. His first book was "An Essay on the Principles of Human Action". Five more books f…

Date of Birth: April 10, 1778
Date of Death: September 18, 1830


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William Hazlitt

"I like a person who knows his own mind and sticks to it; who sees at once what, in given circumstances, is to be done, and does it." William Hazlitt
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William Hazlitt

"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." William Hazlitt
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"The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. We cannot force love." William Hazlitt
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William Hazlitt

"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" William Hazlitt
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William Hazlitt

"I do not think that what is called Love at first sight is so great an absurdity as it is sometimes imagined to be. We generally make up our minds beforehand to the sort of person we should like, grave or gay, black, brown, or fair; with golden tresses or raven locks; -- and when we meet with a complete example of the qualities we admire, the bargain is soon struck." William Hazlitt
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"If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you." William Hazlitt
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"Man is a make-believe animal: he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part" William Hazlitt
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"The incognito of an inn is one of its striking privileges." William Hazlitt
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"The only true retirement is that of the heart; the only true leisure is the repose of the passions. To such persons it makes little difference whether they are young or old; and they die as they have lived, with graceful resignation." William Hazlitt
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"Those who cannot miss an opportunity of saying a good thing . . . are not to be trusted with the management of any great question." William Hazlitt
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"Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes the edge off admiration" William Hazlitt
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"The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out." William Hazlitt
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"If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago" William Hazlitt
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William Hazlitt

"Genius is a native to the soil where it grows - is fed by the air, and warmed by the sun; and is not a hothouse plant or an exotic" William Hazlitt
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"The public is so in awe of its own opinion that it never dares to form any, but catches up the first idle rumour, lest it should be behindhand in its judgment, and echoes it till it is deafened with the sound of its own voice" William Hazlitt
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"There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love." William Hazlitt
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"The essence of poetry is will and passion." William Hazlitt
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"He is a hypocrite who professes what he does not believe; not he who does not practice all he wishes or approves" William Hazlitt
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"We are not hypocrites in our sleep" William Hazlitt
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"In public speaking, we must appeal either to the prejudices of others, or to the love of truth and justice. If we think merely of displaying our own ability, we shall ruin every cause we undertake." William Hazlitt
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William Hazlitt

"If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators." William Hazlitt
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