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Henry Fielding

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Being a woman is worse than being a farmer there is so much harvesting and crop spraying to be done:...
HELEN FIELDING
I like you very much. Just as you are.
HELEN FIELDING
That is such crap. How dare you be so fraudulently flirtatious, cowardly and dysfunctional? I am not...
HELEN FIELDING
I always say what's on my mind. No need to second guess with me.
JOY FIELDING
Perfect happiness is knowing that everyone I love is healthy, safe, and content.
JOY FIELDING
Reality depresses me. I need to find fantasy worlds and escape in them.
NOEL FIELDING
Tis this desire of bending all things to our own purposes which turns them into confusion and is the...
SARAH FIELDING
Flattery in courtship is the highest insolence, for whilst it pretends to bestow on you more than yo...
SARAH FIELDING
It is a truth universally acknowledged that as soon as one part of your life starts looking up, anot...
HELEN FIELDING
Dieting on New Year's Day isn't a good idea as you can't eat rationally but really need ...
HELEN FIELDING
I sat, head down, quivering furiously at their inferences of female sell-by dates and life as game o...
HELEN FIELDING
I think it is a kind of subject matter that needed exploring ... the identity of the single woman ha...
HELEN FIELDING
When someone leaves you, apart from missing them, apart from the fact that the whole little world yo...
HELEN FIELDING
I started doing stand-up on my own and I met Julian within a year, and straight away we started to g...
NOEL FIELDING
We'd like to think that people just haven't gotten to it. ... It wasn't put out as a Chinese menu.
FRED FIELDING
I will not fall for any of the following: alcoholics, workaholics, commitment phobics, people with g...
HELEN FIELDING
One must not live one's life through men but must be complete on oneself as a woman of substance.
HELEN FIELDING
As women glide from their twenties to thirties, Shazzer argues, the balance of power subtly shifts. ...
HELEN FIELDING
Commemoration of Swithun, Bishop of Winchester, c.862 Commemoration of Bonaventure, Franciscan Fria...
O. FIELDING CLARKE
Soon after I returned to private practice, former Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger called m...
FRED F. FIELDING
The last eight years have created a lot of deep-seated hostility. People take political decisions ve...
FRED F. FIELDING
Dean had just come from seeing his lawyer. That was the first time that I found out that he had cons...
FRED F. FIELDING
But look, you did not have to be well versed in politics to know that some stupid things were going ...
FRED F. FIELDING
Theology in general, instead of acting as a beacon-light to guide the people of God, the laity, as t...
O. FIELDING CLARKE
Satan has control now. No matter where you look, he is in control, even in our own land. He is guidi...
JOSEPH FIELDING SMITH
It became evident to me that there was a very serious political element at work. I know that the ter...
FRED F. FIELDING
Praise God even when you don't understand what He is doing.
HENRY JACOBSEN
The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
HENRY CATE
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely a...
HENRY MILLER
For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know t...
PATRICK HENRY
Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music -- the world is so rich...
HENRY MILLER