William Hazlitt

(1778-1830 / Maidstone)

William Hazlitt Quotes

  • ''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 (1778-1830), British essayist. Lectures on the English Comic Writers, Lecture 1 (1819). This passage was copied and inserted in the notebooks of Adlai Stevenson.
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  • ''Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. Lectures on the English Comic Writers, "On Wit and Humour," (1819).
  • ''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 (1778-1830), British essayist. Lectures on the English Comic Writers, Lecture 1 (1819). This passage was copied and inserted in the notebooks of Adlai Stevenson.
  • ''Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. Lectures on the English Poets, "On Poetry in General," (1818).
  • ''He talked on for ever; and you wished him to talk on for ever.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. Lectures on the English Poets, "On the Living Poets," (1818). Coleridge was the first poet Hazlitt had ever known, and produced an unforgettable effect on him: "His thoughts did not seem to come with labour and effort; but as if borne on gusts of genius, and as if the wings of his imagination lifted him off from his feet.... His mind was clothed with wings; and raised on them, he lifted philosophy to heaven."
  • ''Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. Lectures on the English Poets, "On Poetry in General," (1818).
  • ''Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. Lectures on the English Poets, "On Poetry in General," (1818).
  • ''Dandyism is ... a variety of genius.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. "Lord Byron," The Spirit of The Age (1825).
  • ''He indeed cloys with sweetness; he obscures with splendour; he fatigues with gaiety. We are stifled on beds of roses.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. "Mr. T. Moore—Mr. Leigh Hunt," The Spirit of the Age (1825). Of poet Thomas Moore.
  • ''There is nothing good to be had in the country, or if there is, they will not let you have it.''
    William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. "Observations on Mr. Wordsworth's Excursion," Political Essays (1819).

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