Zitat des Tages von William Hazlitt:
The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature.
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
No truly great person ever thought themselves so.
Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use.
The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others. They are safe from reprisals. And have no hope of rising in their own self esteem but by lowering their neighbors.
Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.
No young man ever thinks he shall die.
We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.
Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them.
It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter.
I would like to spend the whole of my life traveling, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend at home.
Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
Zeal will do more than knowledge.
Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust; hatred alone is immortal.
A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could.
The busier we are the more leisure we have.
To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living.
If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you.
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
It is better to be able neither to read nor write than to be able to do nothing else.
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.
The person whose doors I enter with most pleasure, and quit with most regret, never did me the smallest favor.
We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it.
The seat of knowledge is in the head; of wisdom, in the heart. We are sure to judge wrong, if we do not feel right.
We grow tired of everything but turning others into ridicule, and congratulating ourselves on their defects.
The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.
Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.
An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may.
The more we do, the more we can do.
To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us.
The English (it must be owned) are rather a foul-mouthed nation.
A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it.
Those who speak ill of the spiritual life, although they come and go by day, are like the smith's bellows: they take breath but are not alive.
People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel.
Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity.
We are not hypocrites in our sleep.