I can enjoy society in a room; but out of doors, nature is company enough for me. I am then never less alone than when alone.
– William Hazlitt in the essay On Going a Journey p.140 in Hazlitt: Selected Essays, edited by George Sampson
(Cambridge University Press, 1963)
my kinda misanthropist.. never heard (i have no shame) of this guy.. but wikipedia has a gigantic page for him.. looks like a great subject for a depressing movie.
Hazlitt’s really not a misanthropist. Only in this quote, he may come across as one.
BTW, Hazlitt is considered one of the greatest essayists. Though not as trenchant as Macaulay, he still provides a good read.
Another essayist we’d like to read is Gore Vidal. One of these days, we’ll pick up his essays from our local library.