Sunday, April 10, 2011

William Hazlitt

Perhaps the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life has a beginning as well as an end.  There was a time when we were not: this gives us no concern -- why then should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be?

(Hazlitt was born on this date in 1778.  He was a master of English prose -- ranked by some critics with Dr. Johnson and Orwell -- but he is little read today, and many of his works are out of print.  It's hard to argue with the logic of the above quote, but it is not very satisfactory advice.)

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