The Works of Henry Fielding, Esq: With an Essay on His Life and Genius, Volume 4

Bickers and son, 1871

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Página 328 - He laid down several maxims as the certain methods of attaining greatness, to which, in his own pursuit of it, he constantly adhered. As— 1. Never to do more mischief to another than was necessary to the effecting his purpose ; for that mischief was too precious a thing to be thrown away. 2. To know no distinction of men from affection; but to sacrifice all with equal readiness to his interest. 3. Never to communicate more of an affair than was necessary to the person who was to execute it. 4....
Página 378 - But Betterton said, if the Text was to be disturbed, he saw no reason why a Word might not be changed as well as a Letter, and instead of put out thy Light, you might read put out thy Eyes.
Página 379 - I marvel nothing so much as that men will gird themselves at discovering obscure beauties in an author. Certes the greatest and most pregnant beauties are ever the plainest and most evidently striking ; and when two meanings of a passage can in the least balance our judgments which to prefer, I hold it matter of unquestionable certainty that neither of them is worth a farthing.
Página 377 - I then observed Shakespeare standing between Betterton and Booth* and deciding a Difference between those two great Actors, concerning the placing an Accent in one of his Lines...
Página 326 - ... upon him, applied his hands to the parson's pocket, and emptied it of his bottle-screw, which he carried out of the world in his hand. The ordinary being now descended from the cart, Wild had just opportunity to cast his eyes around the crowd, and to give them a hearty curse, when immediately the horses moved on, and with universal applause our hero swung out of this world.
Página 176 - Why then should any Man wish to be a Prig, or where is his GREATNESS? I answer, in his Mind: 'Tis the inward Glory, the secret Consciousness of doing great and wonderful Actions...
Página 378 - Faith, Gentlemen, it is so long since I wrote the Line I have forgot my Meaning. This I know, could I have dreamt so much Nonsense would have been talked and writ about it, I would have blotted it out of my Works ; for I am sure, if any of these be my Meaning, it doth me very little Honour.
Página 126 - THE count missed his money the next morning, and very well knew who had it; but, as he knew likewise how fruitless would be any complaint, he chose to pass it by without mentioning it. Indeed it may appear strange to "some readers, that these gentlemen, who knew each other to be thieves, should never once give the least hint of this knowledge in all their discourse together ; but on the contrary, should have the words honesty, honour, and friendship, as often in their mouths as any other men.

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