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 William Hazlitt - “Vice is man's nature virtue is a habit -- or a mask. . . . The foregoing maxim shows the difference between truth and sarcasm.”
 William Hazlitt - “The English (it must be owned) are rather a foul-mouthed nation.”
 William Hazlitt - “Anyone who has passed though the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape.”
 William Hazlitt - “Man is an individual animal with narrow faculties, but infinite desires, which he is anxious to concentrate in some one object within the grasp of his imagination, and where, if he cannot be all that he wishes himself, he may at least contemplate his own pride, vanity, and passions, displayed in their most extravagant dimensions in a being no bigger and no better than himself.”
 William Hazlitt - “Those only deserve a monument who do not need one”
 William Hazlitt - “An excess of modesty is in fact an excess of pride, and more hurtful to the individual, and less advantageous to society, than the grossest and most unblushing vanity.”
 William Hazlitt - “If from the top of a long cold barren hill I hear the distant whistle of a thrush which seems to come up from some warm woody shelter beyond the edge of the hill, this sound coming faint over the rocks with a mingled feeling of strangeness and joy, the idea of the place about me, and the imaginary one beyond will all be combined together in such a manner in my mind as to become inseparable.”
 Henry Hazlitt - “The great merit of gold is precisely that it is scarce that its quantity is limited by nature that it is costly to discover, to mine, and to process and that it cannot be created by political fiat or caprice.”
 William Hazlitt - “The assumption of merit is easier, less embarrassing, and more effectual than the actual attainment of it”
 William Hazlitt - “The ignorance of the world leaves one at the mercy of its malice”
 William Hazlitt - “Memory cannot exist without endurance of the things perceived, and the thing perceived cannot remain where it has never been.”
 William Hazlitt - “The cannibals burn their enemies and eat them in good-fellowship with one another meek Christian divines cast those who differ from them but a hairs-breadth, body and soul into hell-fire for the glory of God and the good of his creatures It is well that the power of such persons is not co-ordinate with their wills . . .”
 William Hazlitt - “We may, with instruction and opportunity mend our manners, or else alter for the worse, -- as the flesh and fortune shall serve but the character, the internal, original bias, remains always the same, true to itself to the very last.”
 William Hazlitt - “To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous.”
 William Hazlitt - “Mankind are an incorrigible race. Give them but bugbears and idols -- it is all that they ask the distinctions of right and wrong, of truth and falsehood, of good and evil, are worse than indifferent to them.”
 William Hazlitt - “To think ill of mankind, and not to wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.”
 William Hazlitt - “If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago”
 William Hazlitt - “The world has been doing little else but playing at make-believe all its lifetime.”
 William Hazlitt - “Never anticipate evils or, because you cannot have things exactly as you wish, make them out worse than they are, through mere spite and willfulness.”
 William Hazlitt - “We trifle with, make sport of, and despise those who are attached to us, and follow those that fly from us.”
 William Hazlitt - “The truly proud man is satisfied with his own good opinion, and does not seek to make converts to it.”
 William Hazlitt - “Man is a make-believe animal he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part”
 William Hazlitt - “Zeal will do more than knowledge.”
 William Hazlitt - “Our notions with respect to the importance of life, and our attachment to it, depend on a principle which has very little to do with its happiness or its misery. . . . The love of life is, in general, the effect not of our enjoyments, but of our passions.”
 William Hazlitt - “True friendship is self-love at secondhand”

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