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William Hazlitt Quotes

(1778-1830), British Essayist

Our friends are generally ready to do everything for us, except the very thing we wish them to do.

Category: Favors

The person whose doors I enter with most pleasure, and quit with most regret, never did me the smallest favor.

Category: Favors

Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them.

Category: Friends And Friendship

There are persons who cannot make friends. Who are they? Those who cannot be friends. It is not the want of understanding or good nature, of entertaining or useful qualities, that you complain of: on the contrary, they have probably many points of attraction; but they have one that neutralizes all these --they care nothing about you, and are neither the better nor worse for what you think of them. They manifest no joy at your approach; and when you leave them, it is with a feeling that they can do just as well without you. This is not sullenness, nor indifference, nor absence of mind; but they are intent solely on their own thoughts, and you are merely one of the subjects they exercise them upon. They live in society as in a solitude.

Category: Friends And Friendship

There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.

Category: Friends And Friendship

The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out.

Category: Friends And Friendship

I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about.

Category: Friends And Friendship

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.

Category: Friends And Friendship

The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously; and those who have produced immortal works, have done so without knowing how or why. The greatest power operates unseen.

Category: Genius

If goodness were only a theory, it were a pity it should be lost to the world. There are a number of things, the idea of which is a clear gain to the mind. Let people, for instance, rail at friendship, genius, freedom, as long as they will --the very names of these despised qualities are better than anything else that could be substituted for them, and embalm even the most envenomed satire against them.

Category: Goodness

Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.

Category: Grace

Grace in women has more effect than beauty.

Category: Grace

Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.

Category: Grace

The public have neither shame or gratitude.

Category: Gratitude

No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.

Category: Greatness