Quotation by William Hazlitt

There are few things in which we deceive ourselves more than in the esteem we profess to entertain for our firends. It is little better than a piece of quackery. The truth is, we think of them as we please—that is, as they please or displease us.
William Hazlitt (1778–1830), British essayist. repr. In Complete Works, vol. 9, ed. P.P. Howe (1932). Characteristics, no. 60, published anonymously (1823).
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