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  • 1.
    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).
  • 2.
    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).

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  • 3.
    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.
  • 4.
    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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  • 5.
    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.
  • 6.
    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."

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  • 7.
    It is not death, but dying, which is terrible.
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Amelia, bk. 3, ch. 4 (1751).

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  • 8.
    All nature wears one universal grin.
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Doodle, in Tom Thumb the Great, act 1, sc. 1 (1730).

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  • 9.
    Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation.
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Amelia, bk. 3, ch. 11 (1751).

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  • 10.
    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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