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William Hazlitt
  1. Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be.


Born: 1778-04-10 in Maidstone, Kent, England
Died: September 18, 1830 in Soho, London, England
William Hazlitt (10 April 1778 18 September 1830) was an English writer, remembered for his humanistic essays and literary criticism, and as a grammarian and philosopher. He is now considered one of the great critics and essayists of the English language,[1][2] placed in the company of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell.[3][4] Yet his work is currently little-read and mostly out of print.[5][6] During his lifetime he befriended many people who are now part of the 19th-century literary canon, including Charles and Mary Lamb, Stendhal, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth.

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