The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness, than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings.

"American Literature — Dr. Channing," Edinburgh Review, (October 1829)
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Grace is the absence of every thing that indicates pain or difficulty, or hesitation or incongruity.

"On Beauty" The Round Table (1815-1817)

Grace has been defined the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.

"On Manner" The Round Table (1815-1817)

General principles are not the less true or important because, from their nature they elude immediate observation; they are like the air, which is not the less necessary because we neither see nor feel it, or like that secret influence which binds the world together and holds the planets in their orbits.

The Eloquence of the British Senate (1808)

Well, I’ve had a happy life.

Last words (1830-09-18), quoted by his grandson, William Carew Hazlitt, in Memoirs of William Hazlitt (1867)

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.

"The Sick Chamber," The New Monthly Magazine (August 1830)