William Hazlitt (10 April 1778 – 18 September 1830) was an English essayist, drama and literary critic, painter, social commentator, and philosopher. He is now considered one of the greatest critics and essayists in the history of the English language, placed in the company of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell. He is also acknowledged as the finest art critic of his age. Despite his high standing among historians of literature and art, his work is currently little read and mostly out of print.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, William Wordsworth, and John Keats.
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We need to take a leap of the imagination and envision nations as the best kinds of families: the democratic ones we are
trying to create in our own lives. A hierarchical family must
be changed anyway if we are to stop producing leaders whose
unexamined early lives are then played out on a national and
international stage. . . . Changing the way we raise children is the only long-term path to peace or arms control, and neither
has ever been more crucial. As the feminist adage says, "The
personal is political.