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William Hazlitt
It might be argued, that to be a knave is the gift of fortune, but to play the fool to advantage it is necessary to be a learned man
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#Fools And Foolishness

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His sayings are generally like women's letters; all the pith is in the postscript
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#Letters

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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
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#Man

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The contemplation of truth and beauty is the proper object for which we were created, which calls forth the most intense desires of the soul, and of which it never tires.
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#Beauty

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The poetical impression of any object is that uneasy, exquisite sense of beauty or power that cannot be contained within itself; that is impatient of all limit; that (as flame bends to flame) strives to link itself to some other image of kindred beau
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#Beauty

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The fields his study, nature was his book.
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#Nature

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No man would, I think, exchange his existence with any other man, however fortunate.
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#Existence

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The cannibals burn their enemies and eat them in good-fellowship with one another: meek Christian divines cast those who differ from them but a hair´s-breadth, body and soul into hell-fire for the glory of God and the good of his creatures! It is well that the power of such persons is not co-ordinate with their wills . . .
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#Enemies

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The youth is better than the old age of friendship.
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#Age And Aging

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Actors are the only honest hypocrites.
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#Acting And Actors

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When a man is dead, they put money in his coffin, erect monuments to his memory, and celebrate the anniversary of his birthday in set speeches. Would they take any notice of him if he were living? No!
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#Man

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If a person has no delicacy, he has you in his power.
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#Power

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A man's look is the work of years; it is stamped on his countenance by the events of his whole life, nay, more by the hand of nature, and it is not to be got rid of easily.
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#Events

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Those people who are uncomfortable in themselves are disagreeable to others.
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#People

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The generality of mankind are contented to be estimated by what they possess instead of what they are.
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#Mankind

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The great requisite for the prosperous management of ordinary business is the want of imagination.
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#Business

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The greatest offence against virtue is to speak ill of it.
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#Virtue

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The soul of conversation is sympathy.
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#Conversation

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There is a feeling of Eternity in youth, which makes us amends for everything. To be young is to be as one of the Immortal Gods.
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#Eternity

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Like a rustic at a fair, we are full of amazement and rapture, and have no thought of going home, or that it will soon be night.
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#Home

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Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought.
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#Character

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There are few things in which we deceive ourselves more than in the esteem we profess to entertain for our friends. It is little better than a piece of quackery. The truth is, we think of them as we please --that is, as they please or displease us.
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#Deceive

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The incentive to ambition is the love of power.
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#Ambition #English Critic

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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?
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#Belief

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He stood bewildered, not appalled, on that dark shore which separates the ancient and the modern world. . . . He is power, passion, self-will personified.
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#Power

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Honesty is one part eloquence. We persuade others by being in earnest ourselves.
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#Honesty

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It is not the passion of a mind struggling with misfortune, or the hopelessness of its desires, but of a mind preying on itself, and disgusted with, or indifferent to all other things.
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#Mind

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One is never tired of painting, because you have to set down, not what you knew already, but what you have just discovered. There is a continual creation out of nothing going on.
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#Painting

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There is nothing more likely to drive a person mad than . . . an obstinate, constitutional preference of the truth to the agreeable.
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#Truth