Hazlitt is a great writer of English prose - one of the greatest, in fact - but he not to be compared with Montaigne beyond the fact that both wrote what they called essays. Montaigne wrote in order to explore his mind in search of truth. Hazlitt wrote to expound the truth he thought he had arrived at. He has nothing of Montaigne's easy temper and tolerance. He tends to be a wise guy. He never was a wise man.