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There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love. William Hazlitt

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The smallest pain in our little finger gives us more concern than the destruction of millions of our fellow beings. William Hazlitt

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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

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There are many who talk on from ignorance rather than from knowledge, and who find the former an inexhaustible fund of conversation. William Hazlitt

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The worst old age is that of the mind. William Hazlitt

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General principles are not the less true or important because from their nature they elude immediate observation; they are like the air, which is not the less necessary because we neither see nor feel it. William Hazlitt

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

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There is no one thoroughly despicable. We cannot descend much lower than an idiot; and an idiot has some advantages over a wise man. William Hazlitt

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There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion. William Hazlitt

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The best way to procure insults is to submit to them. William Hazlitt

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Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration. William Hazlitt

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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

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There is nothing more likely to drive a man mad, than the being unable to get rid of the idea of the distinction between right and wrong, and an obstinate, constitutional preference of the true to the agreeable. William Hazlitt

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We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts. William Hazlitt

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There is not a more mean, stupid, dastardly, pitiless, selfish, spiteful, envious, ungrateful animal than the Public. It is the greatest of cowards, for it is afraid of itself. William Hazlitt

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There is no prejudice so strong as that which arises from a fancied exemption from all prejudice. William Hazlitt

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If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago. William Hazlitt

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There are names written in her immortal scroll at which Fame blushes! William Hazlitt

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Man is a make-believe animal -- he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part. William Hazlitt

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The world judge of men by their ability in their profession, and we judge of ourselves by the same test: for it is on that on which our success in life depends. William Hazlitt

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We are the creatures of imagination, passion, and self-will, more than of reason or even of self-interest. Even in the common transactions and daily intercourse of life, we are governed by whim, caprice, prejudice, or accident. The falling of a teacup puts us out of temper for the day; and a quarrel that commenced about the pattern of a gown may end only with our lives. William Hazlitt

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They are, as it were, train-bearers in the pageant of life, and hold a glass up to humanity, frailer than itself. We see ourselves at second-hand in them: they show us all that we are, all that we wish to be, and all that we dread to be. What brings the resemblance nearer is, that, as they imitate us, we, in our turn, imitate them. There is no class of society whom so many persons regard with affection as actors. William Hazlitt

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We can bear to be deprived of everything but our self-conceit. William Hazlitt

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There are few things in which we deceive ourselves more than in the esteem we profess to entertain for our friends. It is little better than a piece of quackery. The truth is, we think of them as we please --that is, as they please or displease us. William Hazlitt

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The thing is plain. All that men really understand, is confined to a very small compass; to their daily affairs and experience; to what they have an opportunity to know, and motives to study or practice. The rest is affectation and imposture. William Hazlitt

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The slaves of power mind the cause they have to serve, because their own interest is concerned; but the friends of liberty always sacrifice their cause, which is only the cause of humanity, to their own spleen, vanity, and self-opinion. William Hazlitt

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To be happy, we must be true to nature, and carry our age along with us. William Hazlitt

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To give a reason for anything is to breed a doubt of it. William Hazlitt

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The public have neither shame or gratitude. William Hazlitt

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The person whose doors I enter with most pleasure, and quit with most regret, never did me the smallest favor. William Hazlitt

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Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits. William Hazlitt

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If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory. William Hazlitt

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We are all of us, more or less, the slaves of opinion. William Hazlitt

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Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves will, in general, become of no more value than their dress. William Hazlitt

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Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves. William Hazlitt

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It is well that there is no one without a fault; for he would not have a friend in the world. William Hazlitt

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The only vice which cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy. William Hazlitt

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To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living. William Hazlitt

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First impressions are often the truest, as we find (not infrequently) to our cost, when we have been wheedled out of them by plausible professions or studied actions. A man's look is the work of years; it is stamped on his countenance by the events of his whole life, nay, more, by the hand of nature, and it is not to be got rid of easily. William Hazlitt

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To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous. William Hazlitt

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The essence of poetry is will and passion. William Hazlitt

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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

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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

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We are not hypocrites in our sleep. William Hazlitt

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An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may. William Hazlitt

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Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts. William Hazlitt

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They are the only honest hypocrites, their life is a voluntary dream, a studied madness. William Hazlitt

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The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out. William Hazlitt

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Learning is, in too many cases, but a foil to common sense; a substitute for true knowledge. Books are less often made use of as spectacles to look at nature with, than as blinds to keep out its strong light and shifting scenery from weak eyes and indolent dispositions. The learned are mere literary drudges. William Hazlitt

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Those who can command themselves command others. William Hazlitt