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William Hazlitt Facts

William Hazlitt was an English writer, remembered for his humanistic essays and literary criticism, and as an art critic, drama critic, social commentator, and philosopher. He was also a painter. He is now considered one of the great critics and essayists of the English language, placed in the company of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell.[3][4] Yet his work is currently little read and mostly out of print. During his lifetime he befriended many people who are now part of the 19th-century literary canon, including Charles and Mary Lamb, Stendhal, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Wordsworth. (1778 – 1830)

Quotes by William Hazlitt

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.
William Hazlitt

If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators.
William Hazlitt

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.
William Hazlitt

The most learned are often the most narrow minded.
William Hazlitt

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

We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it.
William Hazlitt

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