451 Total Quotes

William Hazlitt Quotes

William Hazlitt
If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you.
William Hazlitt
#English Critic #Acting And Actors

William Hazlitt
Man is a make-believe animal: he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part
William Hazlitt
#Acting And Actors

William Hazlitt
The only true retirement is that of the heart; the only true leisure is the repose of the passions. To such persons it makes little difference whether they are young or old; and they die as they have lived, with graceful resignation.
William Hazlitt
#Heart

William Hazlitt
Those who cannot miss an opportunity of saying a good thing . . . are not to be trusted with the management of any great question.
William Hazlitt
#Management #Trust

William Hazlitt
Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes the edge off admiration
William Hazlitt
#Admiration

William Hazlitt
Zeal will do more than knowledge.
William Hazlitt
#English Critic #Knowledge

William Hazlitt
Common sense, to most people, is nothing more than their own opinions.
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#Common Sense

William Hazlitt
Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted
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#Art

William Hazlitt
If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago
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#Mankind

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
#Imagination #Caprice

William Hazlitt
To think ill of mankind, and not to wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.
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#Mankind

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To great evils we submit; we resent little provocations
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#Evils

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The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out.
William Hazlitt
#Friends Or Friendship

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The ignorance of the world leaves one at the mercy of its malice
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#Mercy

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There is a softness and a harmony in the words and in the thought unparalleled. Of all conceits it is surely the most classical. "I count only the hours that are serene."
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#Harmony

William Hazlitt
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.
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#Adversity #English Critic

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

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

William Hazlitt
The characteristic of Chaucer is intensity: of Spencer, remoteness: of Milton elevation and of Shakespeare everything.
William Hazlitt
#Writers And Writing

William Hazlitt
Satirists gain the applause of others through fear, not through love.
William Hazlitt
#English Critic #Applause

William Hazlitt
Everything is in motion. Everything flows. Everything is vibrating.
William Hazlitt
#English Critic

William Hazlitt
Perhaps the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life has a beginning as well as an end. There was a time when we were not: this gives us no concern - why then should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be? To die is only to be as we were before we were born.
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#Beginning