Henry Fielding

Henry
Fielding
1707
1754

English Novelist and Dramatist best known for novel "Tom Jones"

Author Quotes

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

Never trust the man who hath reason to suspect that you know he hath injured you.

Men are strangely inclined to worship what they do not understand.

Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason.

One hour's sleep before midnight, is worth two after.

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

Superstition renders a man a fool, and skepticism makes him mad.

A rich man without charity is a rogue; and perhaps it would be no difficult matter to prove that he is also a fool.

A truly elegant taste is generally accompanied with excellency of heart.

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

Custom may lead a man into many errors, but it justifies none.

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

He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatest of the soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported without the latter.

It is 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.

Let no man be sorry he has done good because others have done evil. If a man has acted right, he has done well, though alone; if wrong, the sanction of all mankind will not justify him.

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.

There are two considerations which always embitter 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.

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

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.

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 their 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.

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.

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

We must eat to live, not live to eat.

Domestic happiness is the end of almost all our pursuits, and the common reward of all our pains.

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.

Author Picture
First Name
Henry
Last Name
Fielding
Birth Date
1707
Death Date
1754
Bio

English Novelist and Dramatist best known for novel "Tom Jones"