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HENRY FIELDING
English novelist
(1707 - 1754)
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A beau is everything of a woman but the sex, and nothing of a man beside it.
      - [Beaus]

A broken heart is a distemper which kills many more than is generally imagined, and would have a fair title to a place in the bills of mortality, did it not differ in one instance from all other diseases, namely, that no physicians can cure it.
      - [Despair]

A good conscience is never lawless in the worst regulated state, and will provide those laws for itself which the neglect of legislators had forgotten to supply.
      - [Conscience]

A good heart will, at all times, betray the best head in the world.
      - [Heart]

A grave aspect to a grave character is of much more consequence than the world is generally aware of; a barber may make you laugh, but a surgeon ought rather to make you cry.
      - [Gravity]

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

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 strenuous soul hates cheap success.
      - [Success]

A tender-hearted and compassionate disposition, which inclines men to pity and feel the misfortunes of others, and which is, even for its own sake, 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.
      - [Tenderness]

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

A wonder lasts but nine days, and then the puppy's eyes are open.
      - [Wonder]

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

Affectation proceeds from one of these two causes,--vanity or hypocrisy; for as vanity puts us on affecting false characters, in order to purchase applause; so hypocrisy sets us on an endeavor to avoid censure, by concealing our vices under an appearance of their opposite virtues.
      - [Affectation]

As a conquered rebellion strengthens a government, or as health is more perfectly established by recovery from some diseases; so anger, when removed, often gives new life to affection.
      - [Anger]

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 of this kind the party who was most convinced they were right should always surrender the victory. By which means both would be more forward to give up the cause.
      - [Matrimony]

As it is the nature of a kite to devour little birds, so it is the nature of some minds to insult and tyrannize over little people; this being the means which they use to recompense themselves for their extreme servility and condescension to their superiors; for nothing can be more reasonable than that slaves and flatterers should exact the same taxes on all below them which they themselves pay to all above them.
      - [Insult]

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 biographer is of great utility, as, 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.
      - [Biography]

As the malicious disposition of mankind is too well known, and the cruel pleasure which they take in destroying the reputation of others, the use we are to make of this knowledge is, to afford no handle for reproach; for bad as the world is, it seldom falls on anyone who hath not given some slight cause for censure.
      - [Malice]

As they suspect a man in the city who is ostentatious of his riches, so should the woman he who makes the most noise of her virtue.
      - [Virtue]

Beauty may be the object of liking--great qualities of admiration--good ones of esteem--but love only is the object of love.
      - [Love]

Commend a fool for his wit, or a knave for his honesty, and they will receive you into their bosom.
      - [Commendation]

Conscience is a judge in every man's breast, which none can cheat or corrupt, and perhaps the only incorrupt thing about him; yet, inflexible and honest as this judge is (however polluted the bench on which he sits), no man can, in my opinion, enjoy any applause which is not there adjudged to be his due.
      - [Conscience]

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

Contempt of others is the truest symptom of a base and bad heart,--while it suggests itself to the mean and the vile, and tickles there little fancy on every occasion, it never enters the great and good mind but on the strongest motives; nor is it then a welcome guest,--affording only an uneasy sensation, and bringing always with it a mixture of concern and compassion.
      - [Contempt]

Custom may lead a man into many errors; but it justifies none.
      - [Custom]


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