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"An orotundity, which I define as Nobelitis a pomposity in which one is treated as representative of more than oneself by someone conscious of representing more than himself."
William Golding
William Hazlitt Quotes
A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one - they show one another off to the best advantage.
William Hazlitt

A hair in the head is worth two in the brush.
William Hazlitt

A man knows his companion in a long journey and a little inn.
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

A wise traveler never despises his own country.
William Hazlitt

As is our confidence, so is our capacity.
William Hazlitt

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

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.
William Hazlitt

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
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

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

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

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

Everything is in motion. Everything flows. Everything is vibrating.
William Hazlitt

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

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

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

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

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

Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use.
William Hazlitt

Good temper is an estate for life.
William Hazlitt

Good temper is one of the greatest preservers of the features.
William Hazlitt

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

Grace in women has more effect than beauty.
William Hazlitt

Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.
William Hazlitt

Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
William Hazlitt

He talked on for ever; and you wished him to talk on for ever.
William Hazlitt

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

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

I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about.
William Hazlitt

I should like to spend the whole of my life in traveling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home.
William Hazlitt

I'm not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
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

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

If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you.
William Hazlitt

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

It is better to be able neither to read nor write than to be able to do nothing else.
William Hazlitt

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

It is not fit that every man should travel; it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.
William Hazlitt

Learning is its own exceeding great reward.
William Hazlitt

Life is short. Time is fleeting. Realise the Self. Purity of the heart is the gateway to God. Aspire. Renounce. Meditate. Be good; do good. Be kind; be compassionate. Inquire, know Thyself.
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

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

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

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

No truly great man ever thought himself so.
William Hazlitt

No truly great person ever thought themselves so.
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

One shining quality lends a lustre to another, or hides some glaring defect.
William Hazlitt

People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel.
William Hazlitt

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
William Hazlitt

Prejudice is the child of ignorance.
William Hazlitt

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
William Hazlitt

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
William Hazlitt

Satirists gain the applause of others through fear, not through love.
William Hazlitt

Some one is generally sure to be the sufferer by a joke.
William Hazlitt

Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.
William Hazlitt

That which is not, shall never be; that which is, shall never cease to be. To the wise, these truths are self-evident.
William Hazlitt

The are of will-making chiefly consists in baffling the importunity of expectation.
William Hazlitt

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

The busier we are the more leisure we have.
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

The first glance at History convinces us that the actions of men proceed from their needs, their passions, their characters and talents; and impresses us with the belief that such needs, passions and interests are the sole spring of actions.
William Hazlitt

The incentive to ambition is the love of power.
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

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

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
William Hazlitt

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

The more we do, the more we can do.
William Hazlitt

The most learned are often the most narrow minded.
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 origin of all science is the desire to know causes, and the origin of all false science and imposture is the desire to accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in the unwillingness to acknowledge our own ignorance.
William Hazlitt

The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature.
William Hazlitt

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

The player envies only the player, the poet envies only the poet.
William Hazlitt

The public have neither shame or gratitude.
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

The smallest pain in our little finger gives us more concern than the destruction of millions of our fellow beings.
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 truly proud man knows neither superiors or inferiors. The first he does not admit of - the last he does not concern himself about.
William Hazlitt

The way to get on in the world is to be neither more nor less wise, neither better nor worse than your neighbours.
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

There are names written in her immortal scroll at which Fame blushes!
William Hazlitt

There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
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

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

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

Those who can command themselves command others.
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

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

Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.
William Hazlitt

To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous.
William Hazlitt

To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us.
William Hazlitt

To give a reason for anything is to breed a doubt of 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

We can scarcely hate anyone that we know.
William Hazlitt

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.
William Hazlitt

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

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

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.
William Hazlitt

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

Zeal will do more than knowledge.
William Hazlitt

Type:
Critic
Date of Birth:
1778-04-10
Year of Death:
1830
Nationality:
English
 

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