Sarah Fielding


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Sarah Fielding (8 November 1710 – 9 April 1768) was a British author and sister of the novelist Henry Fielding. She was the author of The Governess, or The Little Female Academy (1749), which was the first novel in English written especially for children (children's literature), and had earlier achieved success with her novel The Adventures of David Simple (1744).

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  • ''[W]hat I mean by love ... is this. A sympathetic liking—excited by fancy, directed by judgment—and to which is joined also a most sincere desire of the good and happiness of its object.''
    Sarah Fielding (1710-1768), British novelist, and Jane Collier. Portia, in The Cry: A New Dramatic Fable, part 1, sc. 5 (1754).
  • '''Tis this desire of bending all things to our own purposes which turns them into confusion and is the chief source of every error in our lives.''
    Sarah Fielding (1710-1768), British novelist, and Jane Collier. Portia, in The Cry: A New Dramatic Fable, part 3, sc. 13 (1754).
  • I endeavor not to conceal that I believe there is a great mixture of desire in the passion which is called love—or rather, without any far-fetched strain on words, it may be called the companion ...
    Sarah Fielding (1710-1768), British novelist, and Jane Collier. Portia, in The Cry: A New Dramatic Fable, part 1, sc. 5 (1754).
  • ''The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.''
    Sarah Fielding (1710-1768), British novelist. The Adventures of David Simple, Volume the Last, bk. 7, ch. 10 (1754).
  • ''[S]haring in common, without any thought of separate property, had ever been their friendly practice, from their first connection.''
    Sarah Fielding (1710-1768), British novelist. The Adventures of David Simple, Volume the Last, bk. 6, ch. 1 (1753). Description of the community m...
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