Henry Fielding: Quotations

Henry Fielding

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

“Life may as properly be called an art as any other.”

Amelia, Book I, Ch. 1

“All nature wears one universal grin.”

Tom Thumb the Great, act 1, sc. 1

“One fool at least in every married couple.”

Amelia, vol. 3, bk. 9, ch. 4

“A lover, when he is admitted to cards, ought to be solemnly silent, and observe the motions of his mistress. He must laugh when she laughs, sigh when she sighs. In short, he should be the shadow of her mind. A lady, in the presence of her lover, should never want a looking-glass; as a beau, in the presence of his looking-glass, never wants a mistress.”

Love in Several Masques, Act II, sc. xi