Thursday April 2nd, 2009

Hazlitt on the Living and the Dead

hazlittThis essay by William Hazlitt, called “On Reading Old Books,” includes some thoughts that are appropriate for this site. Like this one:

I do not think altogether the worse of a book for having survived the author a generation or two. I have more confidence in the dead than the living.

Oxford University Press recently published William Hazlitt: The First Modern Man by Duncan Wu. The Washington Post called it “a distinctly eye-opening biography.”

(Via I’ve Been Reading Lately)