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HENRY FIELDING
English novelist
(1707 - 1754)
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There is nothing so useful to man in general, nor so beneficial to particular societies and individuals, as trade. This is that alma mater, at whose plentiful breast all mankind are nourished.
      - [Trade]

There is scarcely any man, how much soever he may despise the character of a flatterer, but will condescend in the meanest manner to flatter himself.
      - [Conceit]

Thirst teaches all animals to drink, but drunkenness belongs only to man.
      - [Drunkenness]

Though we may sometimes unintentionally bestow our beneficence on the unworthy, it does not take from the merit of the act. For charity doth not adopt the vices of its objects.
      - [Charity]

To the generality of men you cannot give a stronger hint for them to impose upon you than by imposing upon yourself.
      - [Imposition]

Want oś compassion (however inaccurate observers have reported to the contrary) is not to be numbered among the general faults of mankind. The black ingredient which fouls our disposition is envy. Hence our eyes, it is to be feared, are seldom turned up to those who are manifestly greater, better, wiser, or happier than ourselves, without some degree of malignity, we commonly look downward on the mean and miserable with sufficient benevolence and pity.
      - [Compassion]

We are as liable to be corrupted by books as by companions.
      - [Books]

We endeavor to conceal our vices under the disguise of the opposite virtues.
      - [Dissimulation]

We must eat to live and live to eat.
      - [Eating]

We should not be too hasty in bestowing either our praise or censure on mankind, since we shall often find such a mixture of good and evil in the same character, that it may require a very accurate judgment and a very elaborate inquiry to determine on which side the balance turns.
      - [Character]

What caricature is in painting, burlesque is in writing; and in the same manner the comic writer and painter correlate to each other; as in the former, the painter seems to have the advantage, so it is in the latter infinitely on the side of the writer. For the monstrous is much easier to paint than describe, and the ridiculous to describe than paint.
      - [Burlesque]

What was said by the Latin poet of labor--that it conquers all things--is much more true when applied to impudence.
      - [Impudence]

Wicked companions invite us to hell.
      - [Companions]

Wine and youth are fire upon fire.
      - [Wine and Spirits : Youth]

Wine is a turncoat; first a friend, and then an enemy.
      - [Wine and Spirits]

Wisdom is the talent of buying virtuous pleasures at the cheapest rate.
      - [Wisdom]

Wit, like hunger, will be with great difficulty restrained from falling on vice and ignorance, where there is great plenty and variety of food.
      - [Wit]

With the latitude of unbounded scurrility, it is easy enough to attain the character of a wit, especially when it is considered how wonderfully pleasant it is to the generality of the public to see the folly of their acquaintance exposed by a third person.
      - [Wit]

Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls, emulation.
      - [Worth]

The blackest ink of fate are sure my lot,
  And when fate writ my name it made a blot.
      - Amelia (II, 9) [Names]

The dusky night rides down the sky
  And ushers in the morn:
    The hounds all join in glorious cry,
      The huntsman winds his horn;
        And a-hunting we will go.
      - And a-Hunting We Will Go [Chase]

None of our political writers . . . take notice of any more than three estates, namely, Kings, Lords and Commons . . . passing by in silence that very large and powerful body which form the fourth estate in the community . . . the Mob.
      - Covent Garden Journal [Journalism]

When mighty roast beef was the Englishman's food
  It ennobled our hearts and enriched our blood--
    Our soldiers were brave and our courtiers were good.
      Oh! the roast beef of England.
        And Old England's roast beef.
      - Grub Street Opera (act III, sc. 2),
        "The Roast Beef of Old England" [Eating]

It is a trite but true Observation, that Examples work more forcibly on the Mind than Precepts: and if this be just in what is odious and blameable, it is more strongly so in what is amiable and praiseworthy.
      - Joseph Andrews [Books (First Lines)]

Yes, I had two strings to my bow; both golden ones, egad! and both cracked.
      - Love in Several Masques (act V, sc. 13)
        [Prudence]


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