Quotes by William Hazlitt

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

    Offence, Truth, Vanity

  • Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way across the room.


  • It is hard to be without money. To get on without it is like travelling in a foreign country without a passport - you are stopped, suspected and made ridiculous at every turn, besides being subjected to the most serious inconveniences.


  • To great evils we submit; we resent little provocations.


  • A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man.


  • Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust. Hatred alone is immortal.


  • I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about.


  • Though familiarity my not breed contempt, it takes the edge off admiration.


  • 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 should be.


  • There is nothing good to be had in the county, or if there is, they will not let you have it.


  • Those who cannot miss an opportunity of saying a good thing, are not to be trusted with the management of any great question.