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Henry Fielding Quotes


An English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the novel Tom Jones.
(1707 - 1754)

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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!
 

A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not.
 

A rich man without charity is a rogue; and perhaps it would be no difficult matter to prove that he is also a fool.
[Charity]
 

A tender-hearted, compassionate disposition, which inclines men to pity and to feel the misfortunes of others, and which is incapable of involving any man in ruin and misery, is, of all tempers of mind, the most amiable; and though it seldom receives much honor, is worthy of the highest.
 

A truly elegant taste is generally accompanied with excellency of heart.
[Taste]
 

Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
[Adversity]
 

Affectation proceeds either from vanity or hypocrisy; for as vanity puts us on affecting false characters to gain applause, so hypocrisy sets us on the endeavor to avoid censures by concealing our vices under the appearance of their opposite virtues.
[Affectation]
 

All nature wears one universal grin.
 

As a great part of the uneasiness of matrimony arises from mere trifles, it would be wise in every young married man to enter into an agreement with his wife that in all disputes the party who was most convinced they were right should always surrender the victory. By this means both would be more forward to give up the cause.
[Marriage]
 

As the law dissolves all contracts which are without a valuable consideration, so a valuable consideration often dissolves the law.
[Law]
 

Bad habits are as infectious by example as the plague itself is by contact.
[Habit]
 

Commend a fool for his wit, or a rogue for his honesty and he will receive you into his favor.
 

Conscience - the only incorruptible thing about us.
 

Considering the unforeseen events of this world, we should be taught that no human condition should inspire men with absolute despair.
[Despair]
 

Custom may lead a man into many errors, but it justifies none.
 

Dancing begets warmth, which is the parent of wantonness.
 

Distance of time and place generally cure what they seem to aggravate; and taking leave of our friends resembles taking leave of the world, of which it has been said, that it is not death, but dying, which is terrible.
[Absence]
 

Domestic happiness is the end of almost all our pursuits, and the common reward of all our pains. - When men find themselves forever barred from this delightful fruition they are lost to all industry, and grow careless of their worldly affairs. - Thus they become bad subjects, bad relations, bad friends, and bad men.
 

Fashion is the great governor of the world. - It presides not only in matters of dress and amusement, but in law, physic, politics, religion, and all other things of the gravest kind. - Indeed, the wisest men would be puzzled to give any better reason why particular forms in all these have been at certain times universally received, and at other times universally rejected, than that they were in, or out of fashion.
[Fashion]
 

Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
 


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