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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We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it.
The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves.
Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will, in general, become of no more value than their dress.
The best way to procure insults is to submit to them.
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.
The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously; and those who have produced immortal works, have done so without knowing how or why. The greatest power operates unseen.
Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
When I am in the country, I wish to vegetate like the country.
There is an unseemly exposure of the mind, as well as of the body.
Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.