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William Hazlitt Quotes

(1778-1830), British Essayist

Comedy naturally wears itself out -- destroys the very food on which it lives; and by constantly and successfully exposing the follies and weaknesses of mankind to ridicule, in the end leaves itself nothing worth laughing at.

Category: Comedy And Comedians

A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one -- they show one another off to the best advantage.

Category: Company

The confession of our failings is a thankless office. It savors less of sincerity or modesty than of ostentation. It seems as if we thought our weaknesses as good as other people's virtues.

Category: Confession

As is our confidence, so is our capacity.

Category: Confidence

When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.

Category: Controversy

We are all of us, more or less, the slaves of opinion.

Category: Cooperation

Gallantry to women -- the sure road to their favor -- is nothing but the appearance of extreme devotion to all their wants and wishes, a delight in their satisfaction, and a confidence in yourself as being able to contribute toward it.

Category: Courage

We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts.

Category: Courage

There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.

Category: Crime And Criminals

Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way across the room.

Category: Custom

Death cancels everything but truth; and strips a man of everything but genius and virtue. It is a sort of natural canonization. It makes the meanest of us sacred --it installs the poet in his immortality, and lifts him to the skies. Death is the greatest assayer of the sterling ore of talent. At his touch the dropsy particles fall off, the irritable, the personal, the gross, and mingle with the dust --the finer and more ethereal part mounts with winged spirit to watch over our latest memory, and protect our bones from insult. We consign the least worthy qualities to oblivion, and cherish the nobler and imperishable nature with double pride and fondness.

Category: Death And Dying

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

Category: Death And Dying

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering the weaknesses of others.

Category: Deception

Life is the art of being well deceived.

Category: Deception

Reflection makes men cowards.

Category: Deliberation