"Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."William Hazlitt on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."William Hazlitt on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."William Hazlitt on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."William Hazlitt on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."William Hazlitt on Robert Frost
"To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us."
"Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust hatred alone is immortal."
"Rules and models destroy genius and art."
"The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much."
"Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses."