William Hazlitt

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William Hazlitt (10 April 1778 – 18 September 1830) was an English writer, drama and literary critic, painter, social commentator, and philosopher. He is now considered one of the greatest critics and essayists in the history of the English language, placed in the company of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell. He is also acknowledged as the finest art critic of his age. Despite his high standing among historians of literature and art, his work is currently little read and mostly out of print. During his lifetime he befriended many people who are now part of the 19th-century literary canon, including Charles and Mary Lamb, Stendhal, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, and John Keats.

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William Hazlitt #Age #Nature

Photo of William Hazlitt To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us.
William Hazlitt #Alone

Photo of William Hazlitt Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust hatred alone is immortal.
William Hazlitt #Art

Photo of William Hazlitt Rules and models destroy genius and art.
William Hazlitt #Art #Life

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

Photo of William Hazlitt Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
William Hazlitt #Art

Photo of 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 #Art

Photo of William Hazlitt The art of pleasing consists in being pleased.
William Hazlitt #Beauty #Women

Photo of William Hazlitt Grace in women has more effect than beauty.
William Hazlitt #Best #Hope

Photo of William Hazlitt Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that.
William Hazlitt #Best

Photo of William Hazlitt A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one - they show one another off to the best advantage.
William Hazlitt #Best #Nature

Photo of William Hazlitt The humblest painter is a true scholar and the best of scholars the scholar of nature.
William Hazlitt #Courage

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

Photo of 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 #Faith

Photo of William Hazlitt If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory.
William Hazlitt #Fear

Photo of William Hazlitt Satirists gain the applause of others through fear, not through love.
William Hazlitt #Friendship #Strength

Photo of 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.
William Hazlitt #Friendship

Photo of William Hazlitt There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.
William Hazlitt #Home

Photo of William Hazlitt I would like to spend the whole of my life traveling, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend at home.
William Hazlitt #Hope

Photo of 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 #Knowledge #Wisdom

Photo of 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.
William Hazlitt #Knowledge

Photo of William Hazlitt Zeal will do more than knowledge.
William Hazlitt #Learning

Photo of William Hazlitt If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators.
William Hazlitt #Learning

Photo of William Hazlitt Learning is its own exceeding great reward.
William Hazlitt #Nature

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

Photo of William Hazlitt The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature.