Henry Fielding

(1707-1754 / England)

Quotations

  • ''I have found it; I have discovered the cause of all the misfortunes which befell him. A public school, Joseph, was the cause of all the calamaties which he afterwards suffered. Public schools are the nurseries of all vice and immorality.''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Abraham Adams, in Joseph Andrews, bk. 3, ch. 5 (1742). Speaking of his host, Wilson.
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  • ''Oh the roast beef of England,
    And old England's roast beef!''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. repr. In The Works of Henry Fielding, ed. W.E. Henle (1903). Air 45, The King's Old Corkier, sung by Susan, in The Grub Street Opera, act 3, sc. 3, l. 41-42 (1731).
  • ''There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Amelia, bk. 9, ch. 10 (1751).
  • ''Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation.''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Amelia, bk. 3, ch. 11 (1751).
  • ''It is not death, but dying, which is terrible.''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Amelia, bk. 3, ch. 4 (1751).
  • ''All nature wears one universal grin.''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Doodle, in Tom Thumb the Great, act 1, sc. 1 (1730).
  • ''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!''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Dr. Harrison, in Amelia, vol. 3, bk. 9, ch. 5 (1751). The proverb referred to was attributed to Aristotle by Diogenes Laertius in Lives of Eminent Philosophers, bk. 5, sct. 18: "Beauty he declared to be a greater recommendation than any letter of introduction."
  • ''One fool at least in every married couple.''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Dr. Harrison, in Amelia, vol. 3, bk. 9, ch. 4 (1751). Referring to Booth and Amelia.
  • ''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.''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Jonathan Wild, bk. 3, ch. 7 (1743, rev. 1754). Of Fireblood's conquest of Laetitia.
  • ''Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Lady Matchless, in Love in Several Masques, act 4, sc. 11 (1728).

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A Pipe Of Tobacco

Let the learned talk of books,
The glutton of cooks,
The lover of Celia's soft smack—O!
No mortal can boast
So noble a toast
As a pipe of accepted tobacco.

Let the soldier for fame,
And a general's name,

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