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WILLIAM HAZLITT (1)
English critic and author
(1778 - 1830)
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Silence is one great art of conversation. He is not a fool who knows when to hold his tongue; and a person may gain credit for sense, eloquence, wit, who merely says nothing to lessen the opinion which others have of these qualities in themselves.
      - [Conversation]

Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought.
      - [Simplicity]

Spleen can subsist on any kind of food.
      - [Anger]

Success in business is seldom owing to uncommon talents or original power which is untractable and self-willed, but to the greatest degree of commonplace capacity.
      - [Business]

Talent is the capacity of doing anything that depends on application and industry and it is a voluntary power, while genius is involuntary.
      - [Talent]

That which any one has been long learning unwillingly, he unlearns with proportionable eagerness and haste.
      - [Learning]

The amiable is the voluptuous in expression or manner. The sense of pleasure in ourselves is that which excites it in others; or, the art of pleasing is to seem pleased.
      - [Pleasure]

The chain of habit coils itself around the heart like a serpent, to gnaw and stifle it.
      - [Habit]

The corpse of friendship is not worth embalming.
      - [Friendship]

The diffusion of taste is not the same thing as the improvement of taste.
      - [Taste]

The essence of poetry is will and passion.
      - [Poetry]

The expression of a gentleman's face is not so much that of refinement, as of flexibility, not of sensibility and enthusiasm as of indifference; it argues presence of mind rather than enlargement of ideas.
      - [Gentlemen]

The fear of approaching death, which in youth we imagine must cause inquietude to the aged, is very seldom the source of much uneasiness.
      - [Death]

The greatest offence against virtue is to speak ill of it.
      - [Virtue]

The greatest pleasure in life is that of reading while we are young. I have had as much of this pleasure perhaps as any one.
      - [Books]

The ignorance of the world leaves one at the mercy of its malice.
      - [Ignorance]

The imagination is of so delicate a texture that even words wound it.
      - [Imagination]

The last pleasure in life is the sense of discharging our duty.
      - [Duty]

The look of a gentleman is little else than the reflection of the looks of the world.
      - [Gentlemen]

The love of fame is too high and delicate a feeling in the mind to be mixed up with realities, it is a solitary abstraction. * * * A name "fast anchored in the deep abyss of time" is like a star twinkling in the firmament, cold, silent, distant, but eternal and sublime; and our transmitting one to posterity is as if we should contemplate our translation to the skies.
      - [Fame]

The love of letters is the forlorn hope of the man of letters. His ruling passion is the love of fame.
      - [Fame]

The measure of any man's virtue is what he would do if he had neither the laws nor public opinion, nor even his own prejudices, to control him.
      - [Virtue]

The mind revolts against certain opinions, as the stomach rejects certain foods.
      - [Opinion]

The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.
      - [Industry]

The most phlegmatic dispositions often contain the most inflammable spirits, as fire is struck from the hardest flints.
      - [Anger]


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