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William Hazlitt
The accomplishments of the body are obvious and clear to all: those of the mind are recondite and doubtful, and therefore grudgingly acknowledged, or held up as the sport of prejudice, spite, and folly.
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#Body

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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.
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#Causes

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The power rests with the multitude, but let them beware how the exercise of it turns against their own rights! It is not the idol but the worshippers that are to be dreaded, and who, by degrading one of their fellows, render themselves liable to be branded with the same indignities.
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#Exercise

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The truly proud man is satisfied with his own good opinion, and does not seek to make converts to it.
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#Man

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When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.
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#English Critic #Controversy

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The busier we are the more leisure we have.
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#English Critic #Leisure

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No truly great person ever thought themselves so.
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#English Critic

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The more a man writes, the more he can write.
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#Man

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What a fine lesson is conveyed to the mind -- to take no note of time but by its benefits, to watch only for the smiles and neglect the frowns of fate, to compose our lives of bright and gentle moments, turning always to the sunny side of things, and letting the rest slip for our imaginations, unheeded or forgotten! How different from the common art of self-tormenting!
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#Mind

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That which any one has been long learning unwillingly, he unlearns with proportional eagerness and haste.
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#Learning

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The art of pleasing consists in being pleased.
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#English Critic #Art

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It is essential to the triumph of reform that it should never succeed.
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#Reform

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Our repugnance to death increases in proportion to our consciousness of having lived in vain
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#Consciousness

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Malice often takes the garb of truth
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#Truth

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The diffusion of taste is not the same thing as the improvement of taste
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#Improvement

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In what we really understand, we reason but little
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#Reason

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Well, I've had a happy life
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#Life

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One of the pleasantest things in the world is going on a journey; but I like to go by myself
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#Journey

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There is an unseemly exposure of the mind, as well as of the body
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#Body

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The public have neither shame nor gratitude
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#Gratitude

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All that is worth remembering of life is the poetry of it
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#Life

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One would imagine that books were, like women, the worse for being old : that they open their leaves more cordially; that the spirit of enjoyment wears out with the spirit of novelty; and that after a certain age, it is high time to put them on the s
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#Books And Reading

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Death is the greatest evil, because it cuts off hope
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#Death

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Every one in a crowd has the power to throw dirt: nine out of ten have the inclination
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#Crowd

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The assumption of merit is easier, less embarrassing, and more effectual than the actual attainment of it
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#Merit

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

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To be happy, we must be true to nature, and carry our age along with us
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#Age And Aging