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William Hazlitt
The way to secure success, is to be more anxious about obtaining than about deserving it; the surest hindrance to it is to have too high a standard of refinement in our own minds, or too high an opinion of the discernment of the public.
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#Success

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We go a journey chiefly to be free of all impediments and of all inconveniences; to leave ourselves behind, much more to get rid of others. It is because I want a little breathing-space to muse on indifferent matters. . . .
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#Journey

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Our energy is in proportion to the resistance it meets.
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#Energy

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Life is the art of being well deceived.
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#Deception #Art

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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.
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#English Critic #Devil

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Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
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#Life #English Critic

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We quaff the cup of life with eager haste without draining it, instead of which it only overflows the brim --objects press around us, filling the mind with their magnitude and with the throng of desires that wait upon them. . .
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#Life

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The best way to procure insults is to submit to them.
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#Insults

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Women never reason, and therefore they are (comparatively) seldom wrong.
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#Reason

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At the outset of life . . . our imagination has a body to it.
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#Body

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What a sight for sore eyes that would be!
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#Eyes

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The majority, compose them how you will, are a herd, and not a very nice one.
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#Majority

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It is surely a distinct question, what you can persuade people to do by argument and fair discussion, and what you may lawfully compel them to do, when reason and remonstrance fail.
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#People

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In art, in taste, in life, in speech, you decide from feeling, and not from reason . . . If we were obliged to enter into a theoretical deliberation on every occasion before we act, life would be at a stand, and Art would be impracticable.
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#Art

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When I take up a work that I have read before (the oftener the better) I know what I have to expect. The satisfaction is not lessened by being anticipated.
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#Work

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People are not soured by misfortune, but by the reception they meet with in it.
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#Misfortune

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What I mean by living to one's-self is living in the world, as in it, not of it: it is as if no one know there was such a person, and you wished no one to know it: it is to be a silent spectator of the mighty scene of things, not an object of attention or curiosity in it; to take a thoughtful, anxious interest in what is passing in the world, but not to feel the slightest inclination to make or meddle with it.
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#Living

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He who draws upon his own resources easily comes to an end of his wealth.
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#Wealth

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Right, in a word, is the duty which each man owes to himself; or it is that portion of the general good of which (as being principally interested) he is made the special judge, and which is put under his immediate keeping.
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#Duty

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Women have often more of what is called good sense then men. They have fewer pretensions; are less implicated in theories; and judge of objects more from their immediate and involuntary impression on the mind, and, therefore, more truly and naturally.
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#Men

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There are only three pleasures in life pure and lasting, and all derived from inanimate things -- books, pictures, and the face of nature.
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#Books And Reading

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One truth discovered, one pang of regret at not being able to express it, is better than all the fluency and flippancy in the world.
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#Regret

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Want of principle is power. Truth and honesty set a limit to our efforts, which impudence and hypocrisy easily overleap.
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#Honesty

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Surely, nothing is more simple than Time. His march is straightforward; but we should have leisure allowed us to look back upon the distance we have come, and not be counting his steps every moment.
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#Leisure

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The ballot is only useful as a screen from arbitrary power.
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#Power

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Political truth is libel; religious truth, blasphemy.
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#Religious

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We are cold to others only when we are dull in ourselves, and have neither thoughts nor feelings to impart to them. Give a man a topic in his head, a throb of pleasure in his heart, and he will be glad to share it with the first person he meets.
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#Feelings