William Hazlitt

(1778-1830 / Maidstone)

William Hazlitt Quotes

  • ''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 anonymously in 1823).
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  • ''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 anonymously (1823).
  • ''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 anonymously (1823).
  • ''The English (it must be owned) are rather a foul-mouthed nation.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. Table Talk, "On Criticism," (1821-1822).
  • ''Our friends are generally ready to do everything for us, except the very thing we wish them to do.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. repr. In Complete Works, vol. 9, ed. P.P. Howe (1932). Characteristics, no. 87 (1823). First published anonymously.
  • ''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).
  • ''No young man ever thinks he shall die.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. Table Talk, "On the Fear of Death," (1821-1822).
  • ''We find many things to which the prohibition of them constitutes the only temptation.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. repr. In The Complete Works Of William Hazlitt, vol. 9, ed. P.P. Howe (1932). Characteristics: In the Manner of Rochefoucault's Maxims, no. 140 (1823).

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