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William Hazlitt
(1778-1830) born on
Apr 10
English writer, essayist. He wrote "Characters of Shakespeare's Plays," 1817; also noted for essays on value of humanity.
         
   
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An indigestion is an excellent common-place for two people that never met before.

R
Actors are the only honest hypocrites. Their life is a voluntary dream; and the height of their ambition is to be beside themselves. They wear the livery of other men's fortunes: their very thoughts are not their own.
A
An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may.
N
Comedy naturally wears itself out --destroys the very food on which it lives; and by constantly and successfully exposing the follies and weaknesses of mankind to ridicule, in the end leaves itself nothing worth laughing at.
K
Defoe says that there were a hundred thousand country fellows in his time ready to fight to the death against popery, without knowing whether popery was a man or a horse.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Literary Remains," 'The Fight'
R: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
A: Characteristics, no. 387 (first published anonymously in 1823; repr. in Complete Works, vol. 9, ed. by P. P. Howe, 1932).
N: The Round Table, "On Modern Comedy" (1817).
K: Sketches and Essays, "On Prejudice" (1839).
   


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