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HENRY FIELDING
English novelist
(1707 - 1754)
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Ingratitude never so thoroughly pierces the human breast as when it proceeds from those in whose behalf we have been guilty of transgressions.
      - [Ingratitude]

It hath been often said, that it is not death, but dying, which is terrible.
      - [Death]

It is a secret, well known to all great men, that by conferring an obligation they do not always procure a friend, but are certain of creating many enemies.
      - [Obligation]

It is admirably remarked, by a most excellent writer, that zeal can no more hurry a man to act in direct opposition to itself than a rapid stream can carry a boat against its own current.
      - [Zeal]

It is an error common to many to take the character of mankind from the worst and basest amongst them; whereas, as an excellent writer has observed, nothing should be esteemed as characteristical, of a species but what is to be found amongst the best and the most perfect individuals of that species.
      - [Character]

It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.
      - [Want]

It is with jealousy as with the gout. When such distempers are in the blood, there is never any security against their breaking out, and that often on the slightest occasions, and when least suspected.
      - [Jealousy]

It may be laid down as a general rule, that no woman who hath any great pretensions to admiration is ever well pleased in a company where she perceives herself to fill only the second place.
      - [Admiration]

Let no man be sorry he has done good, because others concerned with him have done evil! If a man has acted right, he has done well, though along; if wrong, the sanction of all mankind will not justify him.
      - [Well-doing]

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.
      - [Gossip]

Love may be likened to a disease in this respect, that when it is denied a vent in one part, it will certainly break out in another; hence what a woman's lips often conceal, her eyes, her blushes, and many little involuntary actions betray.
      - [Love]

Most men like in women what is most opposite their own characters.
      - [Women]

Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason.
      - [Reason]

Nothing can be so quick and sudden as the operations of the mind, especially when hope, or fear, or jealousy, to which the other two are but journeymen, set it to work.
      - [Mind]

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.
      - [Critics]

O innocence, how glorious and happy a portion art thou to the breast that possesses thee! thou fearest neither the eyes nor the tongues of men. Truth, the most powerful of all things, is thy strongest friend; and the brighter the light is in which thou art displayed, the more it discovers thy transcendent beauties.
      - [Innocence]

O this poor brain! ten thousand shapes of fury are whirling there, and reason is no more.
      - [Madness]

O vanity, how little is thy force acknowledged or thy operations discerned! How wantonly dost thou deceive mankind under different disguises! Sometimes thou dost wear the face of pity; sometimes of generosity; nay, thou hast the assurance to put on those glorious ornaments which belong only to heroic virtue.
      - [Vanity]

One hour's sleep before midnight is worth two after.
      - [Sleep]

Perhaps the summary of good-breeding may be reduced to this rule. "Behave unto all men as you would they should behave unto you." This will most certainly oblige us to treat all mankind with the utmost civility and respect, there being nothing that we desire more than to be treated so by them.
      - [Good Breeding]

Prudence is a duty which we owe ourselves, and if we will be so much our own enemies as to neglect it, we are not to wonder if the world is deficient in discharging their duty to us; for when a man lays the foundation of his own ruin, others too often are apt to build upon it.
      - [Prudence]

Riches without charity are nothing worth. They are a blessing only to him who makes them a blessing to others.
      - [Riches]

Sensuality not only debases both body and mind, but dulls the keen edge of pleasure.
      - [Sensuality]

Setting down in writing, is a lasting memory.
      - [Writing]

She is no better than she should be.
      - [Proverbs]


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