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William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt (1778-04-10 1830-09-18) was an English writer remembered for his humanistic essays and literary criticism. He is sometimes esteemed the greatest English literary critic after Samuel Johnson.
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I should like to spend the whole of my life in travelling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home.

William Hazlitt

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.

William Hazlitt

Prejudice is the Child of Ignorance.

William Hazlitt

The way to procure insults is to submit to them: a man meets with no more respect than he exacts.

William Hazlitt

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

William Hazlitt

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

William Hazlitt

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

William Hazlitt

Greatness is great power, producing great effects. It is not enough that a man has great power in himself, he must shew it to all the world in a way that cannot be hid or gainsaid.

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

Popularity is neither fame nor greatness.

William Hazlitt

Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel.

William Hazlitt

No man is truly great, who is great only in his life-time. The test of greatness is the page of history.

William Hazlitt

To impress the idea of power on others, they must be made in some way to feel it.

William Hazlitt

Memory cannot exist without endurance of the things perceived, and the thing perceived cannot remain where it has never been.

William Hazlitt

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

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 might have been.

William Hazlitt

Learning is its own exceeding great reward.

William Hazlitt

The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.

William Hazlitt

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

William Hazlitt

The essence of poetry is will and passion.

William Hazlitt

There is nothing good to be had in the country, or if there is, they will not let you have it.

William Hazlitt

No truly great person ever thought themselves so.

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

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

William Hazlitt

We must be doing something to be happy.

William Hazlitt
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