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William Hazlitt


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William Hazlitt (10 April 1778 – 18 September 1830) was an English writer, remembered for his humanistic essays and literary criticism, and as an art critic, drama critic, social commentator, and philosopher. He was also a painter. He is now considered one of the great critics and essayists of the English language, placed in the company of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell. Yet his work is ... more »

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  • ''One shining quality lends a lustre to another, or hides some glaring defect.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. repr. In Complete Works, vol. 9, ed. P.P. Howe (1932). Characteristics, no. 162 (first published anonym...
  • ''There is not a more mean, stupid, dastardly, pitiful, selfish, spiteful, envious, ungrateful animal than the Public. It is the greatest of cowards, for it is afraid of itself.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. Table Talk, "On Living to One's Self," (1821-1822).
  • ''Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 9. Ed. P.P. Howe (1932). Characteristics, no. 19, first published anonymo...
  • ''The English (it must be owned) are rather a foul-mouthed nation.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. Table Talk, "On Criticism," (1821-1822).
  • ''An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. repr. In Complete Works, vol. 9, ed. P.P. Howe (1932). Characteristics, no. 387, first published anonym...
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