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William Hazlitt
(10 Apr 1778 - 18 Sep 1830)

English writer.

Science Quotes by William Hazlitt (7 quotes)

No man can thoroughly master more than one art or science.
— William Hazlitt
The Round Table: a Collection of Essays on Literature, Men, and Manners (1817), Vol. 2, 40.
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Silence is one great art of conversation.
— William Hazlitt
Characteristics: In the Manner of Rochefoucault's Maxims (1837), 24.
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The most important and lasting truths are the most obvious ones. Nature cheats us with her mysteries, one after another, like a juggler with his tricks; but shews us her plain honest face, without our paying for it.
— William Hazlitt
Characteristics: In the Manner of Rochefoucault's Maxims (1837), 149.
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The most learned are often the most narrow-minded.
— William Hazlitt
In Hialmer Day Gould, New Practical Spelling (1905), 14.
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The origin of all science is the desire to know causes, and the origin of all false science and imposture is the desire to accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in the unwillingness to acknowledge our own ignorance.
— William Hazlitt
From 'Burke and the Edinburgh Phrenologists', The Atlas (15 Feb 1829). Collected in William Hazlitt and Percival Presland Howe (ed.), New Writings by William Hazlitt (2nd Ed., 1925), 117.
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The reputation of science which ought to be the most lasting, as synonymous with truth, is often the least so. One discovery supersedes another; and the progress of light throws the past into obscurity. What is become of the Blacks, the Lavoisiers, the Priestleys, in chemistry? When any set of men think theirs the only science worth studying, and themselves the only infallible persons in it, it is a sign how frail the traces are of past excellence in it.
— William Hazlitt
Characteristics: In the Manner of Rochefoucault's Maxims (1837), 148-149.
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You shall yourself be judge. Reason, with most people, means their own opinion.
— William Hazlitt
Essay XVII. 'A New School of Reform: A Dialogue between a Rationalist and a Sentimentalist', in A.R. Waller and A. Glover (eds.), The Collected Works of William Hazlitt (1903), Vol. 7, 188.
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