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William Hazlitt Quotes

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"Fashon 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 minute."

"Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater."

"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."

"It is better to be able neither to read nor write than to be able to do nothing else."

"Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own."

"Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone - but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming."

"Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life."

"Prejudice is the child of ignorance."

"As is our confidence, so is our capacity."

"The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves."

"To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us."

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

"One shining quality lends a lustre to another, or hides some glaring defect."

"That which is not, shall never be; that which is, shall never cease to be. To the wise, these truths are self-evident."

"A man knows his companion in a long journey and a little inn."

"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."

"The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature."

"Learning is its own exceeding great reward."

"The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much."

"Life is short. Time is fleeting. Realise the Self. Purity of the heart is the gateway to God. Aspire. Renounce. Meditate. Be good; do good. Be kind; be compassionate. Inquire, know Thyself."

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