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HENRY FIELDING
English novelist
(1707 - 1754)
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Sir, money, money, the most charming of all things--money, which will say more in one moment than the most eloquent lover can in years. Perhaps you will say a man is not young, I answer, he is rich; he is not genteel, handsome, witty, brave, good-humored, but he is rich, rich, rich, rich, rich--that one word contradicts everything you can say against him.
      - [Riches]

So looks the lily after a shower, while drops of rain run gently down its silken leaves, and gather sweetness as they pass.
      - [Tears]

Some general officers should pay a stricter regard to truth than to call the depopulating other countries the service of their own.
      - [War]

Some virtuous women are too liberal in their insults to a frail sister; but virtue can support itself without borrowing any assistance from the vices of other women.
      - [Virtue]

Success is a fruit of slow growth.
      - [Success]

Superstition renders a man a fool, and scepticism makes him mad.
      - [Superstition]

That constant desire of pleasing which is the peculiar quality of some, may be called the happiest of all desires in this, that it scarcely ever fails of attaining its ends, when not disgraced by affectation.
      - [Amiability]

The characteristic of coquettes is affectation governed by whim.
      - [Coquetry]

The exceptions of the scrupulous put one in mind of some general pardons where everything is forgiven except crimes.
      - [Exceptions]

The good or evil we confer on others very often, I believe, recoils on ourselves; for as men of a benign disposition enjoy their own acts of beneficence equally with those to whom they are done, so there are scarce any natures so entirely diabolical as to be capable of doing injuries without paying themselves some pangs for the ruin which they bring on their fellow-creatures.
      - [Conscience]

The greatest part of mankind labor under one delirium or another; and Don Quixote differed from the rest, not in madness, but the species of it. The covetous, the prodigal, the superstitious, the libertine, and the coffee-house politician, are all Quixotes in their several ways.
      - [Monomania]

The highest friendship must always lead us to the highest pleasure.
      - [Friendship]

The life of a coquette is one constant lie; and the only rule by which you can form any correct judgment of them is that they are never what they seem.
      - [Coquette]

The man who is wantonly profuse of his promises ought to sink his credit as much as a tradesman would by uttering a great number of promissory notes payable at a distant day. The truest conclusion in both cases is, that neither intend or will be able to pay. And as the latter most probably intends to cheat you of your money, so the former at least designs to cheat you of your thanks.
      - [Promises]

The only incorruptible thing about us.
      - [Conscience]

The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best of hearts.
      - [Prudence]

The raillery which is consistent with good-breeding is a gentle animadversion of some foible, which, while it raises the laugh in the rest of the company, doth not put the person rallied out of countenance, or expose him to shame or contempt. On the contrary, the jest should be so delicate that the object of it should be capable of joining in the mirth it occasions.
      - [Ridicule]

The slander of some people is as great a recommendation as the praise of others.
      - [Slander]

The woman and the soldier who do not defend the first pass will never defend the last.
      - [Modesty]

There are persons of that general philanthropy and easy tempers, which the world in contempt generally calls good-natured, who seem to be sent into the world with the same design with which men put little fish into a pike pond, in order only to be devoured by that voracious water-hero.
      - [Good Nature]

There are those who never reason on what they should do, but what they have done; as if Reason had her eyes behind, and could only see backwards.
      - [Reason]

There are two considerations which always imbitter the heart of an avaricious man--the one is a perpetual thirst after more riches, the other the prospect of leaving what he has already acquired.
      - [Avarice]

There cannot be a move glorious object in creation than a human being replete with benevolence, meditating in what manner he might render himself most acceptable to his Creator by doing most good to His creatures.
      - [Benevolence]

There is a sort of knowledge beyond the power of learning to bestow, and this is to be had in conversation; so necessary is this to the understanding the characters of men, that none are more ignorant of them than those learned pedants whose lives have been entirely consumed in colleges and among books; for however exquisitely human nature may have been described by writers the true practical system can be learned only in the world.
      - [Conversation]

There is no zeal blinder than that which is inspired with a love of justice against offenders.
      - [Zeal]


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