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.
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 art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much.
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.
The only impeccable writers are those who never wrote.
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.