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Sarah Fielding Quote: “The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.”

The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.

— Sarah Fielding



Sarah Fielding Quote: “I had some short struggle in my mind whether I should resign my lover or my liberty, but this lasted not long. I found myself as free as air and could not bear the thought of putting myself in any man’s power for life only from a present capricious inclination.”

I had some short struggle in my mind whether I should resign my lover or my liberty, but this lasted not long. I found myself as free as air and could not bear the thought of putting myself in any man’s power for life only from a present capricious inclination.

— Sarah Fielding


Sarah Fielding Quote: “Flattery in courtship is the highest insolence, for whilst it pretends to bestow on you more than you deserve, it is watching an opportunity to take from you what you really have.”

Flattery in courtship is the highest insolence, for whilst it pretends to bestow on you more than you deserve, it is watching an opportunity to take from you what you really have.

— Sarah Fielding


Sarah Fielding Quote: “The motives to actions and the inward turns of mind seem in our opinion more necessary to be known than the actions themselves; and much rather would we choose that our reader should clearly understand what our principal actors think than what they do.”

The motives to actions and the inward turns of mind seem in our opinion more necessary to be known than the actions themselves; and much rather would we choose that our reader should clearly understand what our principal actors think than what they do.

— Sarah Fielding


Sarah Fielding Quote: “I believe no gentleman would like to have his family affairs neglected because his wife was filling her head with crotchets and pothooks, and who, because she understood a few scraps of Latin, valued that more than minding her needle or providing her husband’s dinner.”

I believe no gentleman would like to have his family affairs neglected because his wife was filling her head with crotchets and pothooks, and who, because she understood a few scraps of Latin, valued that more than minding her needle or providing her husband’s dinner.

— Sarah Fielding


Sarah Fielding Quote: “Their virtues lived in their children. The family changed its persons but not its manners, and they continued a blessing to the world from generation to generation.”

Their virtues lived in their children. The family changed its persons but not its manners, and they continued a blessing to the world from generation to generation.

— Sarah Fielding


Sarah Fielding Quote: “If modesty and candor are necessary to an author in his judgment of his own works, no less are they in his reader.”

If modesty and candor are necessary to an author in his judgment of his own works, no less are they in his reader.

— Sarah Fielding


Sarah Fielding Quote: “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 of love.”

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 of love.

— Sarah Fielding


Sarah Fielding Quote: “The loss of liberty which must attend being a wife was of all things the most horrible to my imagination.”

The loss of liberty which must attend being a wife was of all things the most horrible to my imagination.

— Sarah Fielding


Sarah Fielding Quote: “The supposition that it was possible for any woman to be so mean-spirited as not at least to wish to tear out her rival’s eyes was too hard for the digestion of the Cry.”

The supposition that it was possible for any woman to be so mean-spirited as not at least to wish to tear out her rival’s eyes was too hard for the digestion of the Cry.

— Sarah Fielding



Sarah Fielding Quote: “I fancied I had some constancy of mind because I could bear my own sufferings, but found through the sufferings of others I could be weakened like a child.”

I fancied I had some constancy of mind because I could bear my own sufferings, but found through the sufferings of others I could be weakened like a child.

— Sarah Fielding


Sarah Fielding Quote: “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.”

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


Sarah Fielding Quote: “I was condemned to be beheaded, or burnt, as the king pleased; and he was graciously pleased, from the great remains of his love, to choose the mildest sentence.”

I was condemned to be beheaded, or burnt, as the king pleased; and he was graciously pleased, from the great remains of his love, to choose the mildest sentence.

— Sarah Fielding


Sarah Fielding Quote: “Agreeable then to my present inclination, I formed the object of my own worship, which was no other than my own understanding.”

Agreeable then to my present inclination, I formed the object of my own worship, which was no other than my own understanding.

— Sarah Fielding


Sarah Fielding Quote: “But in all things whether we shall make only a due use of the liberties we have asked, is left entirely to the judicious reader to decide.”

But in all things whether we shall make only a due use of the liberties we have asked, is left entirely to the judicious reader to decide.

— Sarah Fielding


Sarah Fielding Quote: “Yet if strict criticism should till frown on our method, let candor and good humor forgive what is done to the best of our judgment, for the sake of perspicuity in the story and the delight and entertainment of our candid reader.”

Yet if strict criticism should till frown on our method, let candor and good humor forgive what is done to the best of our judgment, for the sake of perspicuity in the story and the delight and entertainment of our candid reader.

— Sarah Fielding


Sarah Fielding Quote: “On the wings of fancy, gentle readers, bear yourselves into the mid-air, where by imagination you may form a large stupendous castle.”

On the wings of fancy, gentle readers, bear yourselves into the mid-air, where by imagination you may form a large stupendous castle.

— Sarah Fielding


Sarah Fielding Quote: “I am none of those nonsensical fools that can whine and make romantic love – I leave that to younger brothers. Let my estate speakfor me.”

I am none of those nonsensical fools that can whine and make romantic love – I leave that to younger brothers. Let my estate speakfor me.

— Sarah Fielding

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