No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.

Table Talk: Essays On Men And Manners (1821-1822)

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More from William Hazlitt

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)

When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.

"On The Spirit of Controversy," The Atlas (1830-01-30)