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William Hazlitt
April 10, 1778 - September 18, 1830
Nationality: English
Category: Critic
Subcategory: English Critic

Some people break promises for the pleasure of breaking them.


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


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


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


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


The busier we are the more leisure we have.


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


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


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


The truly proud man knows neither superiors or inferiors. The first he does not admit of - the last he does not concern himself about.


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


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.


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


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.


Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.


Dandyism is a variety of genius.


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


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


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


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.


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