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HENRY FIELDING
English novelist
(1707 - 1754)
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Dignity and love were never yet boon companions.
      - [Dignity]

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 all their worldly affairs. Thus they become bad subjects, bad relations, bad friends, and bad men.
      - [Domesticity]

Fear hath the common fault of a justice of peace, and is apt to conclude hastily from every slight circumstance, without examining the evidence on both sides.
      - [Fear]

Flattery is never so agreeable as to our blind side; commend a fool for his wit, or a knave for his honesty, and they will receive you into their bosoms.
      - [Flattery]

For parents to restrain the inclinations of their children in marriage is an usurped power.
      - [Matrimony]

Fraud and falsehood are his weak and treacherous allies; and he lurks trembling in the dark, dreading every ray of light, lest it should discover him, and give him up to shame and punishment.
      - [Guilt]

Gaming is a vice the more dangerous as it is deceitful; and, contrary to every other species of luxury, flatters its votaries with the hopes of increasing their wealth; so that avarice itself is so far from securing us against its temptations that it often betrays the more thoughtless and giddy part of mankind into them.
      - [Gambling]

Giving comfort under affliction requires that penetration into the human mind, joined to that experience which knows how to soothe, how to reason, and how to ridicule; taking the utmost care never to apply those arts improperly.
      - [Comfort]

Good-breeding is not confined to externals, much less to any particular dress or attitude of the body; it is the art of pleasing, or contributing as much as possible to the ease and happiness of those with whom you converse.
      - [Politeness]

Good-humor will even go so far as often to supply the lack of wit.
      - [Good Humor]

Good-nature is that benevolent and amiable temper of mind which disposes us to feel the misfortunes and enjoy the happiness of others, and, consequently, pushes us on to promote the latter and prevent the former; and that without any abstract contemplation on the beauty of virtue, and without the allurements or terrors of religion.
      - [Good Nature]

Gravity is the best cloak for sin in all countries.
      - [Gravity]

Great joy, especially after a sudden change of circumstances, is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue.
      - [Joy]

Great vices are the proper objects of our detestation, smaller faults of our pity, but affectation appears to be the only true source of the ridiculous.
      - [Affectation]

Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation.
      - [Guilt]

Habit hath so vast a prevalence over the human mind that there is scarce anything too strange or too strong to be asserted of it. The story of the miser who, from long accustoming to cheat others, came at last to cheat himself, and with great delight and triumph picked his own pocket of a guinea to convey to his hoard, is not impossible or improbable.
      - [Habit]

He from our sight retires awhile, and then rises and shines o'er all the world again.
      - [Sun]

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 latter.
      - [Adversity]

Heroes, notwithstanding the high ideas which, by the means of flatterers, they may entertain of themselves, or the world may conceive of them, have certainly more of mortal than divine about them.
      - [Heroes]

If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.
      - [Money]

Illustrious predecessors.
      - in the "Covent Garden Journal" [Example]

In a debate, rather pull to pieces the argument of thy antagonists than offer him any of thy own; for thus thou wilt fight him in his own country.
      - [Argument]

In affairs of this world men are saved, not by faith, but by the want of it.
      - [Faith]

In the forming of female friendships beauty seldom recommends one woman to another.
      - [Beauty]


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