Quotation by William Hazlitt

A full-dressed ecclesiastic is a sort of go-cart of divinity; an ethical automaton. A clerical prig is, in general, a very dangerous as well as contemptible character. The utmost that those who thus habitually confound their opinions and sentiments with the outside coverings of their bodies can aspire to, is a negative and neutral character, like wax-work figures, where the dress is done as much to the life as the man, and where both are respectable pieces of pasteboard, or harmless compositions of fleecy hosiery.
William Hazlitt (1778–1830), British essayist. repr. In Political Essays (1819). "On Clerical Character," Yellow Dwarf (Jan. 24, 31, and Feb. 7, 1818).
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