The Collected Works of William Hazlitt: Memoirs of Thomas Holcroft. Liber amoris. Characteristics

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J. M. Dent & Company, 1902 - English essays

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Page 318 - Sweet bird ! thy bower is ever green, Thy sky is ever clear ; Thou hast no sorrow in thy song, No winter in thy year...
Page 161 - I perceive any glimmering of truth before me, I readily pursue and endeavour to trace it to its source, without any reserve or caution of pushing the discovery too far, or opening too great a glare of it to the public. I look upon the discovery of any thing which is true, as a valuable acquisition to society ; which cannot possibly hurt or obstruct the good effect of any other truth whatsoever : for they all partake of one common essence, and necessarily coincide with each other ; and like the drops...
Page 360 - ... tis a soul like thine, a soul supreme, in each hard instance tried, above all pain, all passion and all pride, the rage of power, the blast of public breath, the lust of lucre and the dread of death.
Page 357 - Norwich ; — a singular illustration of the fickleness of taste, and the truth of the maxim — ' a jest's prosperity lies in the ear of him who hears it.
Page 378 - It makes us proud when our love of a mistress is returned ; it ought to make us prouder that we can love her for herself alone, without the aid of any such selfish reflection. This is the religion of love.
Page 382 - 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 esteem, but by lowering their neighbours. The severest critics are always those, who have either never attempted, or who have failed in original composition.
Page 320 - The treasures of the deep are not so precious As are the conceal'd comforts of a man Lock'd up in woman's love. I scent the air Of blessings when I come but near the house. What a delicious breath marriage sends forth! The violet bed's not sweeter.
Page 345 - It is often harder to praise a friend than an enemy. By the last we may acquire a reputation for candour ; by the first we only seem to discharge a debt, and are liable to a suspicion of partiality. Besides, though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration ; and the shining points of character are not those we chiefly wish to dwell upon.
Page 361 - The last are discouraged by the slightest objection or hint of their conscious incapacity ; while the first disdain to enter into any competition, and resent whatever implies a doubt of their self-evident superiority to others. C. What passes in the world for talent, or dexterity, or enterprise, is often only a want of moral principle. We may succeed where others fail, not from a greater share of invention, but from not being nice in the choice of expedients. CI. Cunning is the art of concealing...

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