William Hazlitt
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"William Hazlitt" was an English writer, remembered for his humanistic essays and literary criticism, as the greatest art critic of his age, and as a 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. 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 Lamb/Charles and Mary Lamb, Stendhal, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, and John Keats.

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

As is our confidence, so is our capacity.

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

Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel.

To impress the idea of power on others, they must be made in some way to feel it.

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

A really great man has always an idea of something greater than himself.

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

A King (as such) is not a great man. He has great power, but it is not his own.

The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are the more leisure we have.

The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves.

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 ought to be.

To display the greatest powers, unless they are applied to great purposes, makes nothing for the character of greatness.

No man is truly great, who is great only in his life-time. The test of greatness is the page of history.

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

When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.

A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.

A great chessplayer is not a great man, for he leaves the world as he found it.

...greatness sympathises with greatness, and littleness shrinks into itself.

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

Popularity is neither fame nor greatness.

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

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

We must overact our part in some measure, in order to produce any effect at all.

Greatness is great power, producing great effects. It is not enough that a man has great power in himself, he must shew it to all the world in a way that cannot be hid or gainsaid.

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.

To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.

The way to procure insults is to submit to them: a man meets with no more respect than he exacts.

The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously; and those who have produced immortal works, have done so without knowing how or why. The greatest power operates unseen.

Walk groundly, talk profoundly, drink roundly, sleep soundly.

He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.

No act terminating in itself constitutes greatness.

Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!