Henry Fielding

Henry
Fielding
1707
1754

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

Author Quotes

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.

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.

When I’m not thank’d at all, I’m thank’d enough, I’ve done my duty, and I’ve done no more.

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 ore of mortal than divine about them.

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

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

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

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.

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

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 alone; if wrong, the sanction of all mankind will not justify him.

Life everywhere furnishes an accurate observer with the ridiculous.

A good conscience is never lawless in the worst regulated state, and will provide those laws for itself which the neglect of legislators had forgotten to supply.

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

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