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WILLIAM HAZLITT (1)
English critic and author
(1778 - 1830)
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Whatever interests, is interesting.
      - [Interest]

When I take up a book I have read before, I know what to expect; the satisfaction is not lessened by being anticipated. I shake hands with, and look our old tried and valued friend in the face,--compare notes and chat the hour away.
      - [Reading]

Wit is the rarest quality to be met with among people of education, and the most common among the uneducated.
      - [Wit]

Words are the only things that last forever.
      - [Words]

You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
      - [Experience]

Zeal will do more than knowledge.
      - [Zeal]

He who would see old Hoghton right
  Must view it by the pale moonlight.
      - English Proverbs and Provincial Phrases
         (p. 196) [Moon]

A mighty stream of tendency.
      - Essay--Why Distant Objects Please
        [Evolution]

A nickname is the hardest stone that the devil can throw at a man.
      - quoted by Essays--On Nicknames [Names]

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.
      - Lectures on the English Comic Writers
         (lecture 1) [Wit]

Anyone must be mainly ignorant or thoughtless, who is surprised at everything he sees; or wonderfully conceited who expects everything to conform to his standard of propriety.
      - Lectures on the English Comic Writers--On Wit and Humour
        [Character]

The temple of fame stands upon the grave: the flame that burns upon its altars is kindled from the ashes of dead men.
      - Lectures on the English Poets
         (lecture VIII) [Fame]

We grow tired of everything but turning others into ridicule, and congratulating ourselves on their defects.
      - On the Pleasure of Hating [Ridicule]

One said a tooth drawer was a kind of unconscionable trade, because his trade was nothing else but to take away those things whereby every man gets his living.
      - Shakespeare Jest Books--Conceits, Clinches, Flashes and Whimzies
         (no. 84) [Dentistry]

One said he wondered that leather was not dearer than any other thing. Being demanded a reason: because, saith he, it is more stood upon than any other thing in the world.
      - Shakespeare Jest Books--Conceits, Clinches, Flashes and Whimzies
         (no. 86) [Shoemaking]

One commending a Tayler for his dexteritie in his profession, another standing by ratified his opinion, saying tailors had their business at their fingers' ends.
      - Shakespeare Jest Books--Conceits, Clinches, Flashes and Whimzies
         (no. 93) [Tailors]

The title of Ultracrepidarian critics has been given to those persons who find fault with small and insignificant details.
      - Table Talk (essay XXII) [Shoemaking]

They [corporations] feel neither shame, remorse, gratitude, nor goodwill.
      - Table Talk (essay XXVII) [Business]

Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use.
      - Table Talk--On Application to Study
        [Genius]

If we wish to know the force of human genius we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning we may study his commentators.
      - Table Talk--On the Ignorance of the Learned
        [Shakespeare]

A gentleman is one who understands and shows every mark of deference to the claims of self-love in others, and exacts it in return from them.
      - Table Talk--On the Look of a Gentleman
        [Self-love]

The objects that we have known in better days are the main props that sustain the weight of our affections, and give us strength to await our future lot.
      - Table Talk--On the Past and Future
        [Affection]

There is a feeling of Eternity in youth which makes us amends for everything. To be young is to be as one of the Immortals.
      - Table Talk--The Feeling of Immortality in Youth
        [Youth]

He who comes up to his own idea of greatness, must always have had a very low standard of it in his mind.
      - Table Talk--Whether Genius is Conscious of its own Power
        [Greatness]

No really great man ever thought himself so.
      - Table Talk--Whether Genius is Conscious of its own Power
        [Greatness]


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