William Hazlitt Quotes on Opinions (10 Quotes)


    The way to secure success, is to be more anxious about obtaining than about deserving it the surest hindrance to it is to have too high a standard of refinement in our own minds, or too high an opinion of the discernment of the public.

    Silence is one great art of conversation. He is not a fool who knows when to hold his tongue and a person may gain credit for sense, eloquence, wit, who merely says nothing to lessen the opinion which others have of these qualities in themselves.

    The truly proud man is satisfied with his own good opinion, and does not seek to make converts to it.

    The surest hindrance of success is to have too high a standard of refinement in our own minds, or too high an opinion of the judgment of the public. He who is determined not to be satisfied with anything short of perfection will never do anything to please himself or others.

    Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality.


    Common sense, to most people, is nothing more than their own opinions.


    Nothing is more unjust or capricious than public opinion.

    Persons without education certainly do not want either acuteness or strength of mind in what concerns themselves, or in things immediately within their observation but they have no power of abstraction, no general standard of taste, or scale of opinion. They see their objects always near, and never in the horizon. Hence arises that egotism which has been remarked as the characteristic of self-taught men.

    People do not seem to talk for the sake of expressing their opinions, but to maintain an opinion for the sake of talking


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