The origin of all science is in the desire to know causes; and the origin of all false science and imposture is in the desire to accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in the unwillingness to acknowledge our own ignorance.

Burke and the Edinburgh phrenologists. The Atlas (15 Feb 1829)

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Grace is the absence of every thing that indicates pain or difficulty, or hesitation or incongruity.

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

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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)

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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)