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If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory. WILLIAM HAZLITT

If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary for victory. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves. 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



You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul. WILLIAM HAZLITT

As is our confidence, so is our capacity. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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The most learned are often the most narrow minded. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts. WILLIAM HAZLITT

I would like to spend my whole life traveling, if I could borrow another life to spend at home. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Life is the art of being well deceived. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Reflection makes men cowards. WILLIAM HAZLITT

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

The player envies only the player, the poet envies only the poet. WILLIAM HAZLITT

No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history. WILLIAM HAZLITT

We are all of us, more or less, the slaves of opinion. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Prejudice is the child of ignorance. WILLIAM HAZLITT

We grow tired of everything but turning others into ridicule, and congratulating ourselves on their defects. WILLIAM HAZLITT

We talk little when we do not talk about ourselves. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Good temper is an estate for life. WILLIAM HAZLITT

No truly great person ever thought themselves so. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Those who can command themselves command others. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Nothing is more unjust or capricious than public opinion. WILLIAM HAZLITT

He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The worst old age is that of the mind. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel. 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

The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out. WILLIAM HAZLITT

I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about. WILLIAM HAZLITT

He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them. WILLIAM HAZLITT

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

Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone - but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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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

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. We cannot force love. 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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The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love; have I not reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do; and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The incentive to ambition is the love of power. WILLIAM HAZLITT

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The most learned are often the most narrow minded. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Prejudice is the child of ignorance. WILLIAM HAZLITT

There is no prejudice so strong as that which arises from a fancied exemption from all prejudice. WILLIAM HAZLITT

No wise man can have a contempt for the prejudices of others; and he should even stand in a certain awe of his own, as if they were aged parents and monitors. They may in the end prove wiser than he. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Defoe says that there were a hundred thousand country fellows in his time ready to fight to the death against popery, without knowing whether popery was a man or a horse. WILLIAM HAZLITT

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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

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Those who speak ill of the spiritual life, although they come and go by day, are like the smith's bellows: they take breath but are not alive. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously; and those who have produced immortal works, have done so without knowing how or why. The greatest power operates unseen. 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

Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Rules and models destroy genius and art. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering the weaknesses of others. WILLIAM HAZLITT

A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The best part of our lives we pass in counting on what is to come. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out. WILLIAM HAZLITT



Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The only vice which cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The person whose doors I enter with most pleasure, and quit with most regret, never did me the smallest favor. WILLIAM HAZLITT

To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The essence of poetry is will and passion. WILLIAM HAZLITT

To give a reason for anything is to breed a doubt of it. WILLIAM HAZLITT

To think ill of mankind and not wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Lest he should wander irretrievably from the right path, he stands still. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Good temper is one of the greatest preservers of the features. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Our repugnance to death increases in proportion to our consciousness of having lived in vain. WILLIAM HAZLITT

There are names written in her immortal scroll at which Fame blushes! WILLIAM HAZLITT

I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Man is a make-believe animal -- he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part. WILLIAM HAZLITT

It is well that there is no one without a fault; for he would not have a friend in the world. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The smallest pain in our little finger gives us more concern than the destruction of millions of our fellow beings. WILLIAM HAZLITT

If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago. WILLIAM HAZLITT

No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves. WILLIAM HAZLITT

A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases. WILLIAM HAZLITT

They are the only honest hypocrites, their life is a voluntary dream, a studied madness. WILLIAM HAZLITT

When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The characteristic of Chaucer is intensity: of Spencer, remoteness: of Milton elevation and of Shakespeare everything. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way across the room. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Satirists gain the applause of others through fear, not through love. WILLIAM HAZLITT

We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously; and those who have produced immortal works, have done so without knowing how or why. The greatest power operates unseen. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The public have neither shame or gratitude. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food. WILLIAM HAZLITT

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 ought to be. WILLIAM HAZLITT

We can bear to be deprived of everything but our self-conceit. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The best way to procure insults is to submit to them. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. We cannot force love. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else. WILLIAM HAZLITT

There is an unseemly exposure of the mind, as well as of the body. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others. They are safe from reprisals. And have no hope of rising in their own self esteem but by lowering their neighbors. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will, in general, become of no more value than their dress. WILLIAM HAZLITT

We must overact our part in some measure, in order to produce any effect at all. WILLIAM HAZLITT

To be happy, we must be true to nature, and carry our age along with us. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion. WILLIAM HAZLITT

It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter. WILLIAM HAZLITT

One shining quality lends a luster to another, or hides some glaring defect. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Fashion is gentility running away from vulgarity and afraid of being overtaken. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Grace in women has more effect than beauty. WILLIAM HAZLITT

We can scarcely hate anyone that we know. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Modesty is the lowest of the virtues, and is a real confession of the deficiency it indicates. He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others. WILLIAM HAZLITT

A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The are of will-making chiefly consists in baffling the importunity of expectation. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Our friends are generally ready to do everything for us, except the very thing we wish them to do. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The art of pleasing consists in being pleased. WILLIAM HAZLITT

If a person has no delicacy, he has you in his power. WILLIAM HAZLITT

If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The busier we are the more leisure we have. WILLIAM HAZLITT

We find many things to which the prohibition of them constitutes the only temptation. 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

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

He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Men are in numberless instances qualified for certain things, for no other reason than because they are qualified for nothing else. WILLIAM HAZLITT

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

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

If the world were good for nothing else, it is a fine subject for speculation. WILLIAM HAZLITT

So I have loitered my life away, reading books, looking at pictures, going to plays, hearing, thinking, writing on what pleased me best. I have wanted only one thing to make me happy, but wanting that have wanted everything. WILLIAM HAZLITT

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

We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The most sensible people to be met with in society are men of business and of the world, who argue from what they see and know, instead of spinning cobweb distinctions of what things ought to be. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The world judge of men by their ability in their profession, and we judge of ourselves by the same test: for it is on that on which our success in life depends. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Comedy naturally wears itself out -- destroys the very food on which it lives; and by constantly and successfully exposing the follies and weaknesses of mankind to ridicule, in the end leaves itself nothing worth laughing at. WILLIAM HAZLITT

A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one -- they show one another off to the best advantage. WILLIAM HAZLITT

He talked on for ever; and you wished him to talk on for ever. WILLIAM HAZLITT

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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Anyone who has passed through the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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General principles are not the less true or important because from their nature they elude immediate observation; they are like the air, which is not the less necessary because we neither see nor feel it. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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The love of fame is almost another name for the love of excellence; or it is the ambition to attain the highest excellence, sanctioned by the highest authority, that of time. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves will, in general, become of no more value than their dress. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Fashon is the abortive issue of vain ostentation and exclusive egotism: it is haughty, trifling, affected, servile, despotic, mean and ambitious, precise and fantastical, all in a breath -- tied to no rule, and bound to conform to every whim of the minute. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them. WILLIAM HAZLITT

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

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

Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits. WILLIAM HAZLITT

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

An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man. It is a bugbear to the imagination, and, though we do not believe in it, it still haunts our apprehensions. WILLIAM HAZLITT

There are many who talk on from ignorance rather than from knowledge, and who find the former an inexhaustible fund of conversation. WILLIAM HAZLITT

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

We are the creatures of imagination, passion, and self-will, more than of reason or even of self-interest. Even in the common transactions and daily intercourse of life, we are governed by whim, caprice, prejudice, or accident. The falling of a teacup puts us out of temper for the day; and a quarrel that commenced about the pattern of a gown may end only with our lives. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Every one in a crowd has the power to throw dirt; none out of ten have the inclination. WILLIAM HAZLITT

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

Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Learning is, in too many cases, but a foil to common sense; a substitute for true knowledge. Books are less often made use of as spectacles to look at nature with, than as blinds to keep out its strong light and shifting scenery from weak eyes and indolent dispositions. The learned are mere literary drudges. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The slaves of power mind the cause they have to serve, because their own interest is concerned; but the friends of liberty always sacrifice their cause, which is only the cause of humanity, to their own spleen, vanity, and self-opinion. 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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Belief is with them mechanical, voluntary: they believe what they are paid for -- they swear to that which turns to account. Do you suppose, that after years spent in this manner, they have any feeling left answering to the difference between truth and falsehood? WILLIAM HAZLITT
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The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it roaring and raging like a wild beast in its den. It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free, and ending just where it began. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The poetical impression of any object is that uneasy, exquisite sense of beauty or power that cannot be contained within itself; that is impatient of all limit; that (as flame bends to flame) strives to link itself to some other image of kindred beauty or grandeur; to enshrine itself, as it were, in the highest forms of fancy, and to relieve the aching sense of pleasure by expressing it in the boldest manner. WILLIAM HAZLITT

A Whig is properly what is called a Trimmer -- that is, a coward to both sides of the question, who dare not be a knave nor an honest man, but is a sort of whiffing, shuffling, cunning, silly, contemptible, unmeaning negation of the two. WILLIAM HAZLITT

There is no prejudice so strong as that which arises from a fancied exemption from all prejudice. WILLIAM HAZLITT

No wise man can have a contempt for the prejudices of others; and he should even stand in a certain awe of his own, as if they were aged parents and monitors. They may in the end prove wiser than he. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Defoe says that there were a hundred thousand country fellows in his time ready to fight to the death against popery, without knowing whether popery was a man or a horse. WILLIAM HAZLITT

There is not a more mean, stupid, dastardly, pitiless, selfish, spiteful, envious, ungrateful animal than the Public. It is the greatest of cowards, for it is afraid of itself. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Few things tend more to alienate friendship than a want of punctuality in our engagements. I have known the breach of a promise to dine or sup to break up more than one intimacy. WILLIAM HAZLITT

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

We are not hypocrites in our sleep. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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Taste is nothing but an enlarged capacity for receiving pleasure from works of imagination. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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Mankind are an incorrigible race. Give them but bugbears and idols -- it is all that they ask; the distinctions of right and wrong, of truth and falsehood, of good and evil, are worse than indifferent to them. WILLIAM HAZLITT

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

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

The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings. WILLIAM HAZLITT
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To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous. WILLIAM HAZLITT

Anyone who has passed though the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape. WILLIAM HAZLITT

The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love; have I not reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do; and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough. WILLIAM HAZLITT


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