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 William Hazlitt - “If goodness were only a theory, it were a pity it should be lost to the world. There are a number of things, the idea of which is a clear gain to the mind. Let people, for instance, rail at friendship, genius, freedom, as long as they will --the very names of these despised qualities are better than anything else that could be substituted for them, and embalm even the most envenomed satire against them.”
 William Hazlitt - “There are two classes of people that I have observed who are not so distinct as might be imagined -- those who cannot keep their own money in their hands, and those who cannot keep their hands from other people's.”
 William Hazlitt - “If the schemes of Utopians could be realized, the tone of society would be changed from what it is, into a sort of insipid high life. There could be no fine tragedies written nor would there be any pleasure in seeing them. We tend to this conclusion already with the progress of civilization.”
 William Hazlitt - “Almost every sect of Christianity is a perversion of its essence, to accommodate it to the prejudices of the world.”
 William Hazlitt - “A man must make his choice not only between virtue and vice, but between different virtues.”
 William Hazlitt - “A great chess-player is not a great man, for he leaves the world as he found it. No act terminating in itself constitutes greatness. This will apply to all displays of power or trials of skill, which are confined to the momentary, individual effort, and construct no permanent image or trophy of themselves without them.”
 William Hazlitt - “The silence of a friend commonly amounts to treachery. His not daring to say anything in our behalf implies a tacit censure.”
 William Hazlitt - “There are persons who cannot make friends. Who are they Those who cannot be friends. It is not the want of understanding or good nature, of entertaining or useful qualities, that you complain of on the contrary, they have probably many points of attraction but they have one that neutralizes all these --they care nothing about you, and are neither the better nor worse for what you think of them. They manifest no joy at your approach and when you leave them, it is with a feeling that they can do just as well without you. This is not sullenness, nor indifference, nor absence of mind but they are intent solely on their own thoughts, and you are merely one of the subjects they exercise them upon. They live in society as in a solitude.”
 William Hazlitt - “To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.”
 William Hazlitt - “To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind”
 William Hazlitt - “The more we do, the more we can do the more busy we are the more leisure we have”
 William Hazlitt - “Who likes not his business, his business likes not him.”
 William Hazlitt - “I would like to spend the whole of my life traveling, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend at home.”
 William Hazlitt - “I would like to spend the whole of my life traveling, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend at home”
 William Hazlitt - “Perhaps the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life has a beginning as well as an end. There was a time when we were not this gives us no concern - why then should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be To die is only to be as we were before we were born.”
 William Hazlitt - “The fields his study, nature was his book.”
 William Hazlitt - “At the outset of life . . . our imagination has a body to it.”
 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 - “There is an unseemly exposure of the mind, as well as of the body”
 William Hazlitt - “The accomplishments of the body are obvious and clear to all those of the mind are recondite and doubtful, and therefore grudgingly acknowledged, or held up as the sport of prejudice, spite, and folly.”
 William Hazlitt - “Political truth is libel religious truth, blasphemy.”
 William Hazlitt - “Belief is with them mechanical, voluntary they believe what they are paid for -- they swear to that which turns to account. Do you suppose, that after years spent in this manner, they have any feeling left answering to the difference between truth and falsehood”
 William Hazlitt - “Belief is with them mechanical, voluntary they believe what they are paid for - they swear to that which turns to account. Do you suppose, that after years spent in this manner, they have any feeling left answering to the difference between truth and falsehood”
 William Hazlitt - “The poetical impression of any object is that uneasy, exquisite sense of beauty or power that cannot be contained within itself that is impatient of all limit that (as flame bends to flame) strives to link itself to some other image of kindred beauty or grandeur to enshrine itself, as it were, in the highest forms of fancy, and to relieve the aching sense of pleasure by expressing it in the boldest manner.”
 William Hazlitt - “Refinement creates beauty everywhere it is the grossness of the spectator that discovers nothing but grossness in the object.”

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