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If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory. William Hazlitt, critic
  • Faith

Character is made by what you stand for; reputation by what you fall for. Alexander Woollcott, critic
  • character

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it. Margaret Fuller, critic
  • knowledge

Not the fruit of experience but experience itself, is the end. Walter Pater, critic
  • Experience

It's in the act of having to do things that you don't want to that you learn something about moving past the self. Past the ego. Bell Hooks, critic
  • act


The tension between "yes" and "no," between "I can" and "I cannot," makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self. Anatole Broyard, critic
  • between

The first mistake of Art is to assume that it's serious. Lester Bangs, critic
  • Art

Never trust a man who speaks well of everybody. John Churton Collins, critic
  • Trust

Some people grumble because roses have thorns; I am thankful that the thorns have roses. Alphonse Karr, critic
  • Gratitude

In art there are tears that lie too deep for thought. Louis Kronenberger, critic
  • Art

In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends. John Churton Collins, critic
  • adversity

A good conversationalist is not one who remembers what was said, but says what someone wants to remember. John Mason Brown, critic
  • Conversation

The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves. William Hazlitt, critic
  • Self

How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true! Logan Pearsall Smith, critic
  • Gossip

There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love. William Hazlitt, critic
  • Friends

He who doesn't lose his wits over certain things has no wits to lose. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, critic
  • certain

Charm is a glow within a woman which casts a most becoming light on others. John Mason Brown, critic
  • Charisma

You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. William Hazlitt, critic
  • Actions

Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic
  • Soul

To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright. Walter Benjamin, critic
  • Perception

Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul. William Hazlitt, critic
  • Grace

The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses. Walter Benjamin, critic
  • Photography

A wise man thinks what is easy is difficult. John Churton Collins, critic
  • Wisdom

Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal. Lionel Trilling, critic
  • Plagiarism

As is our confidence, so is our capacity. William Hazlitt, critic
  • Confidence

Individualism is rather like innocence; there must be something unconscious about it. Louis Kronenberger, critic
  • individualism

Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves. William Hazlitt, critic
  • War

Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts. William Hazlitt, critic
  • Thought

The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking - and looking. Brooks Atkinson, critic
  • Photography

Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion. Roland Barthes, critic
  • Myths

The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident. Charles Lamb, critic
  • Goodness

Whiskey has killed more men than bullets, but most men would rather be full of whiskey than bullets. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic
  • AlcoholAlcoholism

The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire. Pamela Hansford Johnson, critic
  • Sunset

The most learned are often the most narrow minded. William Hazlitt, critic
  • Prejudice

What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic
  • Authors

Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others! William Hazlitt, critic
  • affairs

I would like to spend my whole life traveling, if I could borrow another life to spend at home. William Hazlitt, critic
  • Travel

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic
  • Reading

I can't forgive my friends for dying; I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic
  • Friends

Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world lets them. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic
  • Charisma

If you fight back and get hit, it hurts a little while; if you don't fight back it hurts forever. Joel Siegel, critic
  • fight

One would go mad if one took the Bible seriously; but to take it seriously one must be already mad. Aleister Crowley, critic
  • anti

If you hate what you're seeing, you call it sex and violence. If you like it, you call it "romance and adventure." Joe Bob Briggs, critic
  • adventure

The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic
  • Work

Reflection makes men cowards. William Hazlitt, critic
  • Reflection

The age of the book is almost gone. George Steiner, critic
  • Reading

Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them. William Hazlitt, critic
  • Promises

Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood. Lionel Trilling, critic
  • Obscurity

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater. William Hazlitt, critic
  • Learning

Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts. Paul De Man, critic
  • Image


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