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If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.
—  William Hazlitt
Violence ever defeats its own ends. Where you cannot drive you can always persuade. A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.
—  William Hazlitt
We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it.
—  William Hazlitt
The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves.
—  William Hazlitt
Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will, in general, become of no more value than their dress.
—  William Hazlitt
The best way to procure insults is to submit to them.
—  William Hazlitt
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.
—  William Hazlitt
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.
—  William Hazlitt
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.
—  William Hazlitt
When I am in the country, I wish to vegetate like the country.
—  William Hazlitt
There is an unseemly exposure of the mind, as well as of the body.
—  William Hazlitt
Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.
—  William Hazlitt
The temple of fame stands upon the grave: the flame that burns upon its altars is kindled from the ashes of great men.
—  William Hazlitt
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.
—  William Hazlitt
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.
—  William Hazlitt
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.
—  William Hazlitt
The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.
—  William Hazlitt
He who comes up to his own idea of greatness must always have had a very low standard of it in mind.
—  William Hazlitt
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
—  William Hazlitt
We can bear to be deprived of everything but our self-conceit.
—  William Hazlitt
We must overact our part in some measure, in order to produce any effect at all.
—  William Hazlitt
Human life may be regarded as a succession of frontispieces. The way to be satisfied is never to look back.
—  William Hazlitt
Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
—  William Hazlitt

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