Henry Fielding

(1707-1754 / England)

Henry Fielding Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''When children are doing nothing, they are doing mischief.''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Quoting "a wise old gentleman," in Tom Jones, bk. 15, ch. 2 (1749).
  • ''Dancing begets warmth, which is the parent of wantonness. It is, Sir, the great grandfather of cuckoldom.''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Sir Positive Trap, in Love in Several Masques, act 3, sc. 7.
  • ''Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of.''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Slipshod, in Joseph Andrews, bk. 4, ch. 6 (1742).

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Best Poem of Henry Fielding

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,
In battle get many a thwack—O!
Let who will have most,
Who will rule the rooste,
Give me but a pipe of tobacco.
Tobacco gives wit
To the dullest old cit,
And makes him of politics crack—O!

The lawyers i' the hall
Were not able to bawl,
Were it not for a whiff of tobacco.
The man whose chief glory
Is telling a story,
Had never ...

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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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