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.

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.

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.

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.

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"