Henry Fielding Quotes

Most popular Henry Fielding Quotes

Enough is equal to a feast.
We must eat to live and not live to eat.
— Henry Fielding
Guilt hath very quick ears to an accusation.

guilt

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.

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Make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.
— Henry Fielding
Money is the fruit of evil, as often as the root of it.

money

Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason.
— Henry Fielding
We are as liable to be corrupted by books as by companions.
— Henry Fielding
Custom may lead a man into many errors, but it justifies none
— Henry Fielding
To say the truth, every physician almost hath his favorite disease.

disease

It hath been often said, that it is not death, but dying which is terrible.
— Henry Fielding

death

It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.
The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best of hearts.
— Henry Fielding
It is a trite but true observation, that examples work more forcibly on the mind than precepts.

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Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it, a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
— Henry Fielding

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Dancing begets warmth, which is the parent of wantonness.  It is, Sir, the great grandfather of cuckoldom.

dancing

There is, perhaps no surer mark of folly, than an attempt to correct the natural infirmities of those we love.

folly

Riches without charity are nothing worth. They are a blessing only to a man who makes them a blessing to others.
— Henry Fielding
Money, the most charming of all things; money, which will say more in one moment than the most elegant lover can in years.

money

A good man therefore is a standing lesson to all his acquaintance, and of far greater use in that narrow circle than a good book.

Goodness

There is, perhaps no surer mark of folly, than an attempt to correct the natural infirmities of those we love.  The finest composition of human nature, as well as the finest china, may have a flaw in it; and this, I am afraid, in either case, is equally incurable; though, nevertheless, the pattern may remain of the highest value.

changing people

A good man therefore is a standing lesson to all his acquaintance, and of far greater use in that narrow circle than a good book.  But, as it often happens, that the best men are but little known, and consequently cannot extend the usefulness of their examples a great way; the writer may be called in aid to spread their history farther, and to present the amiable pictures to those who have not the happiness of knowing the originals; and so, by communicating such valuable patterns to the world, he may, perhaps, do a more extensive service to mankind than the person whose life originally afforded the pattern.

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