. . . for who ever heard of a Gold-finder that had the Impudence or Folly to assert, from the ill Success of his Search, that there was no such thing as Gold in the World? Whereas the Truth-finder, having raked out that jakes his own Mind, and being there capable of tracing no Ray of Divinity, nor anything virtuous, or good, or lovely, or loving, or very fairly, honestly and logically concludes, that no such things exist in the whole Creation.
Henry Fielding: The History of Tom Jones, VI iii