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WILLIAM HAZLITT (1)
English critic and author
(1778 - 1830)
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Conceit is the most contemptible and one of the most odious qualities in the world. It is vanity driven from all other shifts, and forced to appeal to itself for admiration.
      - [Conceit]

Cowardice is not synonymous with prudence. It often happens that the better part of discretion is valor.
      - [Cowardice]

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
      - [Cunning]

Dandyism is a species of genius.
      - [Dandy]

Death is the greatest evil, because it cuts off hope.
      - [Death]

Death puts an end to rivalship and competition. The dead can boast no advantage over us, nor can we triumph over them.
      - [Dead]

Despair swallows up cowardice.
      - [Despair]

Diffidence and awkwardness are antidotes to love.
      - [Bashfulness]

Do you suppose we owe nothing to Pope's deformity? He said to himself, "If my person be crooked, my verses I shall be straight."
      - [Deformity]

Elegance is something more than ease; it is more than a freedom from awkwardness or restraint. It implies, I conceive, a precision, a polish, a sparkling, spirited yet delicate.
      - [Elegance]

Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space, feels itself excluded.
      - [Envy]

Envy is the deformed and distorted offspring of egotism; and when we reflect on the strange and disproportioned character of the parent, we cannot wonder at the perversity and waywardness of the child.
      - [Envy]

Envy is the most universal passion. We only pride ourselves on the qualities we possess, or think we possess; but we envy the pretensions we have, and those which we have not, and do not even wish for. We envy the greatest qualities and every trifling advantage. We envy the most ridiculous appearance or affectation of superiority. We envy folly and conceit; nay, we go so far as to envy whatever confers distinction of notoriety, even vice and infamy.
      - [Envy]

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.
      - [Envy]

Every man depends on the quantity of sense, wit, or good manners he brings into society for the reception he meets with in it.
      - [Society]

Every man, in judging of himself, is his own contemporary. He may feel the gale of popularity, but he cannot tell how long it will last. His opinion of himself wants distance, wants time, wants numbers, to set it off and confirm it.
      - [Self-esteem]

Experience makes us wise.
      - [Experience]

Faith is necessary to victory.
      - [Faith]

Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity, who drink of that flood of glory as of a river, and refresh our wings in it for future flight.
      - [Fame]

Fashion is an odd jumble of contradictions, of sympathies and antipathies. It exists only by its being participated among a certain number of persons, and its essence is destroyed by being communicated to a greater number. * * * Fashion constantly begins and ends in the two things it abhors most,--singularity and vulgarity.
      - [Fashion]

Fashion is gentility running away from vulgarity and afraid of being overtaken.
      - [Fashion]

Fashion is the abortive issue of vain ostentation and exclusive egotism: it is haughty, trifling, affected, servile, despotic, mean and ambitious, precise and fantastical, all in a breath,--tied to no rule, and bound to conform to every whim of the moment.
      - [Fashion]

Friendship is cemented by interest, vanity, or the want of amusement; it seldom implies esteem, or even mutual regard.
      - [Friendship]

Gallantry to women (the sure road to their favor) is nothing but the appearance, of extreme devotion to all their wants and wishes, a delight in their satisfaction, and a confidence in yourself as being able to contribute towards it. The slightest indifference with regard to them, or distrust of yourself is equally fatal.
      - [Gallantry]

Genius only leaves behind it the monuments of its strength.
      - [Genius]


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