Quotations by Henry Fielding

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Born: Friday, April 22, 1707
Died: Tuesday, October 8, 1754 (47 years old)
Profession: Novelist
Nationality: English


A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation. O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Art, Men, Nature)

A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: News, Words)

A rich man without charity is a rogue; and perhaps it would be no difficult matter to prove that he is also a fool.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Charity, Fool, Man)

A truly elegant taste is generally accompanied with excellency of heart.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Heart, Taste)

Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Adversity, Man)

All nature wears one universal grin.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Nature)

Commend a fool for his wit, or a rogue for his honesty and he will receive you into his favor.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Honesty, Fool, Will, Wit)

Conscience - the only incorruptible thing about us.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Conscience)

Dancing begets warmth, which is the parent of wantonness.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Dancing)

Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Science, Appearance, Desire, Fashion)

Great joy, especially after a sudden change of circumstances, is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Change, Heart, Circumstances, Joy, Tongue)

Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Guilt, Quick)

He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported with the later.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Soul, Greatness, Adversity, Mind, Prosperity, Will)

I describe not men, but manners; not an individual, but a species.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Men, Manners)

If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Money, God, Devil, Will)

It is not death, but dying, which is terrible.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Death, Dying)

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Love, Scandal, Tea)

LOVE: A word properly applied to our delight in particular kinds of food; sometimes metaphorically spoken of the favorite objects of all our appetites.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Food, Delight, Favorite, Word)

Make money your god and it will plague you like the devil.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Money, God, Devil, Will)

Money is the fruit of evil, as often as the root of it.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Money, Evil)

Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Poverty, Reason, Will)

Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity then they really are.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Men, Compliment, Now, Reality, World)

One fool at least in every married couple.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Fool)

Scarcely one person in a thousand is capable of tasting the happiness of others.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Happiness)

Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of.
- Henry Fielding

The characteristic of coquettes is affectation governed by whim.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Affectation, Whim)

The devil take me, if I think anything but love to be the object of love.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Love, Devil)

The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best hearts.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Prudence, Tenderness)

The world have payed too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Men, Compliment, World)

There is an insolence which none but those who themselves deserve contempt can bestow, and those only who deserve no contempt can bear.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Contempt)

There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Universe)

There is perhaps no surer mark of folly, than to attempt to correct natural infirmities of those we love.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Love, Folly)

We are as liable to be corrupted by books, as by companions.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Books)

What's vice today may be virtue, tomorrow.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Virtue, May, Today, Tomorrow, Vice)

When children are doing nothing, they are doing mischief.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Children, Nothing)

When I'm not thanked at all, I'm thanked enough, I've done my duty, and I've done no more.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Duty)

When widows exclaim loudly against second marriages, I would always lay a wager than the man, If not the wedding day, is absolutely fixed on.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Wedding, Day, Man, Widows)

Where the law ends tyranny begins.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Law, Tyranny)

Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Friend, Enemy, First, Wine)

Without adversity a person hardly knows whether they are honest or not.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Adversity)

Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls, emulation.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Envy, Worth)







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