William Hazlitt

1778 - 1830

A Quote by William Hazlitt on affection, boldness, darkness, discovery, genius, habits, meaning, mind, mystery, nature, originality, power, spirit, truth, and world

He is a man of capacity who possesses considerable intellectual riches: while he is a man of genius who finds out a vein of new ore. Originality is the seeing nature differently from others, and yet as it is in itself. It is not singularity or affectation, but the discovery of new and valuable truth. All the world do not see the whole meaning of any object they have been looking at. Habit blinds them to some things: shortsightedness to others. Every mind is not a gauge and measure of truth. Nature has her surface and her dark recesses. She is deep, obscure, and infinite. It is only minds on whom she makes her fullest impressions that can penetrate her shrine or unveil her Holy of Holies. It is only those whom she has filled with her spirit that have the boldness or the power to reveal her mysteries to others.

William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)

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A Quote by William Hazlitt on life and satisfaction

Human life may be regarded as a succession of frontispieces. The way to be satisfied is never to look back.

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A Quote by William Hazlitt on animals

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Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they might have been.

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A Quote by William Hazlitt on character, circumstances, decisions, and mind

There is nothing more to be esteemed than a manly firmness and decision of character. I like a person who knows his own mind and sticks to it; who sees at once what is to be done in given circumstances and does it.

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A Quote by William Hazlitt on body and mind

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There is an unseemly exposure of the mind, as well as of the body.

William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)

Source: Sketches and Essays, On Disagreeable People

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A Quote by William Hazlitt on mind

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The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.

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A Quote by William Hazlitt on greatness, ideas, and mind

He who comes up to his own idea of greatness must always have had a very low standard of it in mind.

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A Quote by William Hazlitt on determination, judgment, perfection, satisfaction, and success

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.

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A Quote by William Hazlitt on thought

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No really great man ever thought himself so.

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A Quote by William Hazlitt on country and wishes

When I am in the country, I wish to vegetate like the country.

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