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William Hazlitt Best Quotations

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

A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could.
William Hazlitt

A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it.
William Hazlitt

Almost every sect of Christianity is a perversion of its essence, to accommodate it to the prejudices of the world.
William Hazlitt

An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may.
William Hazlitt

Anyone who has passed though the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape.
William Hazlitt

As is our confidence, so is our capacity.
William Hazlitt

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people’s weaknesses.
William Hazlitt

Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use.
William Hazlitt

Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.
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.
William Hazlitt

Prejudice is the child of ignorance.
William Hazlitt

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
William Hazlitt

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
William Hazlitt

The busier we are the more leisure we have.
William Hazlitt

The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others. They are safe from reprisals. And have no hope of rising in their own self esteem but by lowering their neighbors.
William Hazlitt

The most learned are often the most narrow minded.
William Hazlitt

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

The true barbarian is he who thinks everything barbarous but his own tastes and prejudices.
William Hazlitt

Those who can command themselves command others.
William Hazlitt

To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem… ridiculous.
William Hazlitt

To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living.
William Hazlitt

We grow tired of everything but turning others into ridicule, and congratulating ourselves on their defects.
William Hazlitt

About Carl William Brown

I'm Carl William Brown a holistic teacher, a webmaster, a trader, and a writer of aphorisms and essays. I have written more than 9,000 original quotations and at present I'm also working at my only novel, Fort Attack, which is also a wide and open blog project. At the moment I'm teaching English in a secondary school, but up to now I have done a lot of other things as well, both in business, educational, sport and social fields. Some years ago, in 1997 following the examples of the Rotary or the Lyons Clubs I founded the Daimon Club Organization to promote every sort of activities, creativity, art, literature, new technologies, informatics, business and marketing, public health and education and to meet new friends with these kind of interests.
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