Thursday, July 08, 2021


Searching After Treasures

Henry Fielding, "The Covent-Garden Journal," No. 10 (February 4, 1752), in his Works, Vol. 12 (London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1902), pp. 220-225 (at 222-223):
When we are employed in reading a great and good author, we ought to consider ourselves as searching after treasures, which, if well and regularly laid up in the mind, will be of use to us on sundry occasions in our lives. If a man, for instance, should be overloaded with prosperity or adversity (both of which cases are liable to happen to us), who is there so very wise, or so very foolish, that, if he was a master of Seneca and Plutarch, could not find great matter of comfort and utility from their doctrines?

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