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55 Notable Quotes By William Hazlitt, The Finest Art Critic

Famous As: English Writer & Literary Critic
Born On: April 10, 1778
Died On: September 18, 1830
Born In: Maidstone, Kent, England
Died At Age: 52
William Hazlitt was an English philosopher, literary and drama critic, writer, painter, journalist, art critic and social commentator, who lived from 1778 to 1830 and is often included among the greatest essayists and literary critics to have ever lived. He studied for two years at the New College at Hackney and studied philosophy afterwards. However, it was as a writer and critic that he truly gained recognition. Hazlitt became friends with some of the leading literary figures of the time like Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth and Mary Lamb among others. Some of his most well-known works include ‘The Round Table: A Collection of Essays on Literature’, ‘Men and Manners’, ‘Table Talk’, ‘Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays’, ‘The Spirit of the Age’, ‘Notes of a Journey Through France and Italy’, ‘Liber Amoris’ and ‘A View of the English Stage’ among others. Much of his work has not become as popular as it should have been and tragically, a lot of his work has been out of print for some time. However, his stature as one of the greatest critics in the English language has not diminished. Here are some of his more famous quotes that have been excerpted from his novels, books and writings. Read on the thoughts, sayings and quotations by William Hazlitt that would certainly appeal you.
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The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.

The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.

William Hazlitt
The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.

The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.

William Hazlitt
Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own." [The Sick Chamber (The New Monthly Magazine , August 1830)]

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

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

William Hazlitt
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.

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.

William Hazlitt
Love turns, with little indulgence, to indifference or disgust: hatred alone is immortal.

Love turns, with little indulgence, to indifference or disgust: hatred alone is immortal.

William Hazlitt
The world loves to be amused by hollow professions, to be deceived by flattering appearances, to live in a state of hallucination; and can forgive everything but the plain, downright, simple, honest truth.

The world loves to be amused by hollow professions, to be deceived by flattering appearances, to live in a state of hallucination; and can forgive everything but the plain, downright, simple, honest truth.

William Hazlitt
The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much.

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much.

William Hazlitt
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
(1778 - 1830)

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. (1778 - 1830)

William Hazlitt
We are never so much disposed to quarrel with others as when we are dissatisfied with ourselves.

We are never so much disposed to quarrel with others as when we are dissatisfied with ourselves.

William Hazlitt
Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty, and your animal spirits.

Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty, and your animal spirits.

William Hazlitt
Prejudice is the child of ignorance.

Prejudice is the child of ignorance.

William Hazlitt
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.

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.

William Hazlitt
Travel's greatest purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

Travel's greatest purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

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

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

William Hazlitt
A great chessplayer is not a great man, for he leaves the world as he found it.

A great chessplayer is not a great man, for he leaves the world as he found it.

William Hazlitt
To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.

To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.

William Hazlitt
The world dread nothing so much as being convinced of their errors.

The world dread nothing so much as being convinced of their errors.

William Hazlitt
We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.

William Hazlitt
The best kind of conversation is that which may be called thinking aloud.

The best kind of conversation is that which may be called thinking aloud.

William Hazlitt
Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.

Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.

William Hazlitt
Have I not the reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do; and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough.

Have I not the reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do; and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough.

William Hazlitt
Pure good soon grows insipid, wants variety and spirit. Pain is a bittersweet, which never surfeits. Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust. Hatred alone is immortal.

Pure good soon grows insipid, wants variety and spirit. Pain is a bittersweet, which never surfeits. Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust. Hatred alone is immortal.

William Hazlitt
Modern fanaticism thrives in proportion to the quanitity of contradictions and nonsense it poures down the throats of the gaping multitude, and the jargon and mysticism it offers to their wonder and credulity.

Modern fanaticism thrives in proportion to the quanitity of contradictions and nonsense it poures down the throats of the gaping multitude, and the jargon and mysticism it offers to their wonder and credulity.

William Hazlitt
The only impeccable writers are those who never wrote.

The only impeccable writers are those who never wrote.

William Hazlitt
The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.

The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.

William Hazlitt
The difference between the vanity of a Frenchman and an Englishman is this: The one thinks everything right that is French, while the other thinks everything wrong that is not English.

The difference between the vanity of a Frenchman and an Englishman is this: The one thinks everything right that is French, while the other thinks everything wrong that is not English.

William Hazlitt
The old maxim...

The old maxim... "there are three things necessary to success in life--Impudence! Impudence! Impudence!

William Hazlitt
No truly great person ever thought themselves so.

No truly great person ever thought themselves so.

William Hazlitt
Any one may mouth out a passage with theatrical cadence or get upon stilts to tell his thoughts. But to write or speak with propriety and simplicity is a more difficult task.

Any one may mouth out a passage with theatrical cadence or get upon stilts to tell his thoughts. But to write or speak with propriety and simplicity is a more difficult task.

William Hazlitt
Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.

William Hazlitt
Violent antipathies are always suspicious, and betray a secret affinity.

Violent antipathies are always suspicious, and betray a secret affinity.

William Hazlitt
Give me the clear blue sky over my head, and the green turf beneath my feet, a winding road before me, and a three hours' march to dinner -- and then to thinking!

Give me the clear blue sky over my head, and the green turf beneath my feet, a winding road before me, and a three hours' march to dinner -- and then to thinking!

William Hazlitt
Learning is its own exceeding great reward.

Learning is its own exceeding great reward.

William Hazlitt
Even a highwayman, in the way of trade, may blow out your brains, but if he uses foul language at the same time, I should say he was no gentleman.

Even a highwayman, in the way of trade, may blow out your brains, but if he uses foul language at the same time, I should say he was no gentleman.

William Hazlitt
The present is an age of talkers, and not doers; and the reason is, that the world is growing old. We are so far advanced in the Arts and Sciences, that we live in retrospect, and doat on past achievements.

The present is an age of talkers, and not doers; and the reason is, that the world is growing old. We are so far advanced in the Arts and Sciences, that we live in retrospect, and doat on past achievements.

William Hazlitt
Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.

Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.

William Hazlitt
Features alone do not run in the blood; vices and virtues, genius and folly, are transmitted through the same sure but unseen channel.

Features alone do not run in the blood; vices and virtues, genius and folly, are transmitted through the same sure but unseen channel.

William Hazlitt
The seat of knowledge is in the head; of wisdom, in the heart. We are sure to judge wrong, if we do not feel right.

The seat of knowledge is in the head; of wisdom, in the heart. We are sure to judge wrong, if we do not feel right.

William Hazlitt
Rules and models destroy genius and art.

Rules and models destroy genius and art.

William Hazlitt
Half the business of modern education is taken up in learning not to be ignorant; a process peculiarly unfavorable both to strength of mind and pregnancy of imagination...

Half the business of modern education is taken up in learning not to be ignorant; a process peculiarly unfavorable both to strength of mind and pregnancy of imagination...

William Hazlitt
He is a hypocrite who professes what he does not believe; not he who does not practice all he wishes or approves.

He is a hypocrite who professes what he does not believe; not he who does not practice all he wishes or approves.

William Hazlitt
As is our confidence, so is our capacity

As is our confidence, so is our capacity

William Hazlitt
Never so sure our rapture to create
As when it touch'd the brink of all we hate.

Never so sure our rapture to create As when it touch'd the brink of all we hate.

William Hazlitt
We hate old friends: we hate old books: we hate old opinions; and at last we come to hate ourselves.

We hate old friends: we hate old books: we hate old opinions; and at last we come to hate ourselves.

William Hazlitt
Grace is rhwe absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incogruity.

Grace is rhwe absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incogruity.

William Hazlitt
The path of genius is free, and its own

The path of genius is free, and its own

William Hazlitt
The most sensible people to be met with in society are men of business and of the world, who argue from what they see and know, instead of spinning cobweb distinctions of what things ought to be.

The most sensible people to be met with in society are men of business and of the world, who argue from what they see and know, instead of spinning cobweb distinctions of what things ought to be.

William Hazlitt
Sacrifices are no sacrifices when they are repaid a thousand fold.

Sacrifices are no sacrifices when they are repaid a thousand fold.

William Hazlitt
I bear the creature no ill-will, but still I hate the very sight of it.

I bear the creature no ill-will, but still I hate the very sight of it.

William Hazlitt
The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and endure very much

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and endure very much

William Hazlitt
The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves.

The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves.

William Hazlitt
The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings.

The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings.

William Hazlitt
Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel.

Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel.

William Hazlitt
Words are the only things that last forever; they are more durable than the eternal hills

Words are the only things that last forever; they are more durable than the eternal hills

William Hazlitt