English writer (1778-1830)
William Hazlitt was an English essayist, drama and literary critic, painter, social commentator, and philosopher. He is now considered one of the greatest critics and essayists in the history of the English language, placed in the company of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell. He is also acknowledged as the finest art critic of his age. Despite his high standing among historians of literature and art, his work is currently little read and mostly out of print.
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The temple of fame stands upon the grave: the flame that burns upon its altars is kindled from the ashes of great men.
So I have loitered my life away, reading books, looking at pictures, going to plays, hearing, thinking, writing on what pleased me best. I have wanted only one thing to make me happy, but wanting that have wanted everything.
The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others. They are safe from reprisals, and have no hope of rising in their own esteem but by lowering their neighbors.
The surest hindrance of success is to have too high a standard of refinement in our own minds, or too high an opinion of the judgment of the public. He who is determined not to be satisfied with anything short of perfection will never do anything to please himself or others.
The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.
He who comes up to his own idea of greatness must always have had a very low standard of it in mind.
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
We can bear to be deprived of everything but our self-conceit.
We must overact our part in some measure, in order to produce any effect at all.
Human life may be regarded as a succession of frontispieces. The way to be satisfied is never to look back.
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