Handsome is that handsome does.

— Henry Fielding

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Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.

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Domestic happiness is the end of almost all our pursuits, and the common reward of all our pains. When men find themselves forever barred from this delightful fruition, they are lost to all industry, and grow careless of all their worldly affairs. Thus they become bad subjects, bad relations, bad friends, and bad men.

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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.

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There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.

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When children are doing nothing, they are doing mischief.

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The hounds all join in glorious cry, / The huntsman winds his horn: / And a-hunting we will go.

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Perhaps the summary of good-breeding may be reduced to this rule.

"Behave unto all men as you would they should behave unto you." This will most certainly oblige us to treat all mankind with the utmost civility and respect, there being nothing that we desire more than to be treated so by them.

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He in a few minutes ravished this fair creature, or at least would have ravished her, if she had not, by a timely compliance, prevented him.

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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.

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Scarcely one person in a thousand is capable of tasting the happiness of others.

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A good countenance is a letter of recommendation.

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Commend a fool for his wit, or a rogue for his honesty and he will receive you into his favor.

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About Henry Fielding

Quotes 202 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.

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

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He grew weary of this condescension, and began to treat the opinions of his wife with that haughtiuess and insolence, which none but those who deserve some contempt themselves can bestow, and those only who deserve no contempt can bear.

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All nature wears one universal grin.

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Distance of Time and Place do really cure what they seem to aggravate;

and taking Leave of our Friends resembles taking Leave of the World, concerning which it hath been often said, that it is not Death but Dying which is terrible.

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Public schools are the nurseries of all vice and immorality.

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It is much easier to make good men wise, than to make bad men good.

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We are as liable to be corrupted by books, as by companions.

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Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.

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The slander of some people is as great a recommendation as the praise of others.

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Let no man be sorry he has done good, because others have done evil.

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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.

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Riches without charity are nothing worth.

They are a blessing only to him who makes them a blessing to others.

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The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best of hearts.

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Money is the fruit of evil, as often as the root of it.

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It hath often been said that it is not death but dying that is terrible.

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

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Sensuality not only debases both body and mind, but dulls the keen edge of pleasure.

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

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There is a set of religious, or rather moral, writings which teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness, and vice to misery in this world. A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine, and to which we have but one objection, namely, that it is not true.

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What's vice today may be virtue, tomorrow.

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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.

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

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In a debate, rather pull to pieces the argument of thy antagonists than offer him any of thy own; for thus thou wilt fight him in his own country.

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For I hope my Friends will pardon me, when I declare, I know none of them without a Fault; and I should be sorry if I could imagine, I had any Friend who could not see mine. Forgiveness, of this Kind, we give and demand in Turn.

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The characteristic of coquettes is affectation governed by whim.

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LOVE: A word properly applied to our delight in particular kinds of food;

sometimes metaphorically spoken of the favorite objects of all our appetites.

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Tea! The panacea for everything from weariness to a cold to a murder Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.

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

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A wonder lasts but nine days, and then the puppy's eyes are open.

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Gaming is a vice the more dangerous as it is deceitful;

and, contrary to every other species of luxury, flatters its votaries with the hopes of increasing their wealth; so that avarice itself is so far from securing us against its temptations that it often betrays the more thoughtless and giddy part of mankind into them.

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Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason.

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When widows exclaim loudly against second marriages, I would always lay a wager than the man, If not the wedding day, is absolutely fixed on.

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O innocence, how glorious and happy a portion art thou to the breast that possesses thee! thou fearest neither the eyes nor the tongues of men. Truth, the most powerful of all things, is thy strongest friend; and the brighter the light is in which thou art displayed, the more it discovers thy transcendent beauties.

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A lottery is a taxation on all of the fools in creation.

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As the malicious disposition of mankind is too well known, and the cruel pleasure which they take in destroying the reputation of others, the use we are to make of this knowledge is, to afford no handle for reproach; for bad as the world is, it seldom falls on anyone who hath not given some slight cause for censure.

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A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation.

O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!

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