The objects that we have known in better days are the main props that sustain the weight of our affections, and give us strength to await our future lot. The future is like a dead wall or a thick mist hiding all objects from our view; the past is alive and stirring with objects, bright or solemn, and of unfading interest.
"On the Past and Future"
His hypothesis goes to this — to make the common run of his readers fancy they can do all that can be done by genius, and to make the man of genius believe he can only do what is to be done by mechanical rules and systematic industry. This is not a very feasible scheme; nor is Sir Joshua sufficiently clear and explicit in his reasoning in support of it.William Hazlitt
There isnothing good tobe had inthe country, or ifthere is, they will not let you have it.William Hazlitt
So have I 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 origin of all science is in the desire to know causes; and the origin of all false science and imposture is in the desire to accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in the unwillingness to acknowledge our own ignorance.William Hazlitt
When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.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
Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.William Hazlitt
Danger is a good teacher, and makes apt scholars. So are disgrace, defeat, exposure to immediate scorn and laughter. There is no opportunity in such cases for self-delusion, no idling time away, no being off your guard (or you must take the consequences) — neither is there any room for humour or caprice or prejudice.William Hazlitt
Death is the greatest evil, because it cuts off hope.William Hazlitt
The truly proud man knows neither superiors nor inferiors. The first he does not admit of: the last he does not concern himself about.William Hazlitt
The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.William Hazlitt
To give a reason for anything is to breed a doubt of it…William Hazlitt
To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead.William Hazlitt
He who would see old Hoghton right must view it by the pale moonlight.William Hazlitt
I do not think there is anything deserving the name of society to be found out of London.William Hazlitt
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