William Hazlitt Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old william hazlitt quotes, william hazlitt sayings, and william hazlitt proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.      

William Hazlitt

Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.      

William Hazlitt

A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.     

William Hazlitt

No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves.     

William Hazlitt

Prejudice is the child of ignorance.     

William Hazlitt

Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space, feels itself excluded.     

William Hazlitt

Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.     

William Hazlitt

Our contempt for others proves nothing but the illiberality and narrowness of our own views.     

William Hazlitt

The insolence of the vulgar is in proportion to their ignorance. They treat everything with contempt which they do not understand.     

William Hazlitt

Grace in women has more effect than beauty.     

William Hazlitt

When we forget old friends, it is a sign we have forgotten ourselves.     

William Hazlitt

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering the weaknesses of others.     

William Hazlitt

When a man can do better than everyone else in the same walk, he does not make any very painful exertions to outdo himself. The progress of improvement ceases nearly at the point where competition ends.     

William Hazlitt

No truly great person ever thought themselves so.     

William Hazlitt

A man is a hypocrite only when he affects to take a delight in what he does not feel, not because he takes a perverse delight in opposite things.     

William Hazlitt

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

William Hazlitt

A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could.     

William Hazlitt

We are not hypocrites in our sleep.     

William Hazlitt

He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.     

William Hazlitt

Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.     

William Hazlitt

Our energy is in proportion to the resistance it meets.     

William Hazlitt

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.     

William Hazlitt

The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases.     

William Hazlitt

Habitual liars invent falsehoods not to gain any end or even to deceive their hearers, but to amuse themselves. It is partly practice and partly habit. It requires an effort in them to speak truth.     

William Hazlitt

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering the weaknesses of others.     

William Hazlitt

Prejudice is the child of ignorance.     

William Hazlitt

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

William Hazlitt

Prejudice is never easy unless it can pass itself off for reason.     

William Hazlitt

Some people break promises for the pleasure of breaking them.     

William Hazlitt

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.     

William Hazlitt