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.
William Hazlitt Quotes
To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us.
Rules and models destroy genius and art.
The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.
Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
Life is the art of being well deceived and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.
The art of pleasing consists in being pleased.
Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that.
A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one - they show one another off to the best advantage.
The humblest painter is a true scholar and the best of scholars the scholar of nature.
We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts.