"Some things are easier to legalize than to
"Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise
themselves to Liberty."
"The love of liberty is the love of others;
the love of power is the love of ourselves."
(Hazlitt, Political Essays)
"The most wasted day is that in which we have
"Is life worth living? That is a
question for an embryo, not for a man."
"Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament."
"A: One must live with the living.
B: Not true. One must live with the dead."
about which books to read)
"Living is a sickness to which sleep provides
relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death."
"Man arrives as a novice at each age of his
"One must not hope to be more than one can be."
"We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths
In feelings, not in figures on a dial
We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives
Who thinks most - feels the noblest - acts the best."
"All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is
to endeavour to find out what you don't know from what you do; that's
what I called 'guessing what was at the other side of the hill'"
"Life is action and passion"
"For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of
thought and combined with energy of will."
"To do nothing is in every man's power."
"Love makes everything lovely; hate concentrates itself upon the
one thing hated."
"If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty."
"It's a good thing love is blind, otherwise it would see too
"People who are sensible about love are incapable of it."
"I never loved another person the way I loved myself.
"Perfect love has this advantage in it, that it leaves the
possessor of it nothing farther to desire. There is one object (at
least) in which the soul finds absolute content, for which it seeks to
live, or dares to die."
(Hazlitt, Liber Amoris)
"There are more people who wish to be loved than
there are who are willing to love."
"When a man and a woman have an overwhelming
passion for each other, it seems to me, in spite of such obstacles
dividing them as parents or husband, that they belong to each other in
the name of Nature, and are lovers by Divine right, in spite of human
convention or the laws. "
"Remove self-love from love, and not much would
"Love, as it exists in society is, is nothing
but the exchange between two fantasies and the contact of two skins."
"All sin is a kind of lying."
"The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be
believed, for the vast masses of a nation are in the depths of their
hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally
bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy
prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell
little lies but would be ashamed to tell big ones."
"Something therefore always remains and sticks from the most impudent
lies, a fact which all bodies and individuals concerned with the art of
lying in this world know only too well, and hence they stop at nothing
to achieve this end."
"The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most
daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who thell
them the truth."
"It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so
express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so
corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his
professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prejudiced
himself for the commission of every other crime."
Age of Reason)
"There is no lie that many men will not believe; there is no man who
does not believe many lies; and there is no man who believes only lies."
Essays and Tales)
"A liar needs a good memory."
"He who cannot lie does not know what the truth is."
"Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable."
"The atmosphere of accredited mendacity"
"A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure."
"It is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that
sinketh in it, that doth the hurt."