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Laurence Sterne quotes: Of all duties, prayer certainly is the sweetest and most easy. Of all duties, prayer certainly is the sweetest and most easy.
Laurence Sterne quotes: A dwarf who brings a standard along with him to measure his own size, take my word, is a dwarf in more articles than one. A dwarf who brings a standard along with him to measure his own size, take my word, is a dwarf in more articles than one.
Laurence Sterne quotes: If a man has a right to be proud of anything, it is of a good action done as it ought to be, without any base interest lurking at the If a man has a right to be proud of anything, it is of a good action done as it ought to be, without any base interest lurking at the bottom of it.
Laurence Sterne quotes: The more tickets you have in a lottery, the worse your chance. And it is the same of virtues, in the lottery of life. The more tickets you have in a lottery, the worse your chance. And it is the same of virtues, in the lottery of life.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners
Laurence Sterne quotes: What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within the span of his little life by him who interests his heart in everything. What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within the span of his little life by him who interests his heart in everything.
Laurence Sterne quotes: It had ever, as I told the reader, been one of the singular blessings of my life, to be almost every hour of it miserably in love with some one It had ever, as I told the reader, been one of the singular blessings of my life, to be almost every hour of it miserably in love with some one ...
Laurence Sterne quotes: Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at. Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Every thing in this world, said my father, is big with jest,and has wit in it, and instruction too,if we can but find it out. Every thing in this world, said my father, is big with jest,
and has wit in it, and instruction too,
if we can but find it out.
Laurence Sterne quotes: The most affluent may be stripped of all, and find his worldly comforts, like so many withered leaves, dropping from him. The most affluent may be stripped of all, and find his worldly comforts, like so many withered leaves, dropping from him.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Go, poor devil, get thee gone! Why should I hurt thee? This world surely is wide enough to hold both thee and me. Go, poor devil, get thee gone! Why should I hurt thee? This world surely is wide enough to hold both thee and me.
Laurence Sterne quotes: The world is ashamed of being virtuous. The world is ashamed of being virtuous.
Laurence Sterne quotes: What persons are by starts they are by nature. What persons are by starts they are by nature.
Laurence Sterne quotes: An atheist is more reclaimable than a papist, as ignorance is sooner cured than superstition. An atheist is more reclaimable than a papist, as ignorance is sooner cured than superstition.
Laurence Sterne quotes: It is sweet to feel by what fine spun threads our affections are drawn together. It is sweet to feel by what fine spun threads our affections are drawn together.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom. Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Philosophy has a fine saying for everything.-For Death it has an entire set. Philosophy has a fine saying for everything.-For Death it has an entire set.
Laurence Sterne quotes: We lose the right of complaining sometimes, by denying something, but this often triples its force. We lose the right of complaining sometimes, by denying something, but this often triples its force.
Laurence Sterne quotes: The best friends in the world may differ sometimes. The best friends in the world may differ sometimes.
Laurence Sterne quotes: People who drink too much, health, and greedy. Hoard a treasure we do not like. People who drink too much, health, and greedy. Hoard a treasure we do not like.
Laurence Sterne quotes: But this is neither here nor there why do I mention it? Ask my pen, it governs me, I govern not it. But this is neither here nor there why do I mention it? Ask my pen, it governs me, I govern not it.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Writings may be compared to wine. Sense is the strength, but wit the flavor. Writings may be compared to wine. Sense is the strength, but wit the flavor.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions. Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions.
Laurence Sterne quotes: People who are always taking care of their health are like misers, who are hoarding a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy. People who are always taking care of their health are like misers, who are hoarding a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy.
Laurence Sterne quotes: ever woman, since the creation of the world, interrupt a man with such a silly question? Pray, what was your father saying? - Nothing. ever woman, since the creation of the world, interrupt a man with such a silly question? Pray, what was your father saying? - Nothing.
Laurence Sterne quotes: For every ten jokes - thou hast got an hundred enemies ... For every ten jokes - thou hast got an hundred enemies ...
Laurence Sterne quotes: Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas. Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Writing, when properly managed, (as you may be sure I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation. Writing, when properly managed, (as you may be sure I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation.
Laurence Sterne quotes: The sad vicissitude of things. The sad vicissitude of things.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Chance is the providence of adventurers. Chance is the providence of adventurers.
Laurence Sterne quotes: For every ten jokes you acquire a hundred enemies. For every ten jokes you acquire a hundred enemies.
Laurence Sterne quotes: We are born to trouble; and we may depend upon it, whilst we live in this world, we shall have it, though with intermissions. We are born to trouble; and we may depend upon it, whilst we live in this world, we shall have it, though with intermissions.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood. Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Alas, poor YORICK! Alas, poor YORICK!
Laurence Sterne quotes: One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct. One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Any one may do a casual act of good-nature; but a continuation of them shows it a part of the temperament. Any one may do a casual act of good-nature; but a continuation of them shows it a part of the temperament.
Laurence Sterne quotes: The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it. The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it.
Laurence Sterne quotes: 'Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, and of obstinacy in a bad one. 'Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, and of obstinacy in a bad one.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Did ever woman, since the creation of the world, interrupt a man with such a silly question? Did ever woman, since the creation of the world, interrupt a man with such a silly question?
Laurence Sterne quotes: Is this a fit time, said my father to himself, to talk of Pensions and Grenadiers? Is this a fit time, said my father to himself, to talk of Pensions and Grenadiers?
Laurence Sterne quotes: The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it. The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Now there is nothing in this world I abominate worse, than to be interrupted in a story ... Now there is nothing in this world I abominate worse, than to be interrupted in a story ...
Laurence Sterne quotes: We don't love people so much for the good they have done us, as for the good we have done them We don't love people so much for the good they have done us, as for the good we have done them
Laurence Sterne quotes: Before an affliction is digested, consolation ever comes too soon; and after it is digested, it comes too late. Before an affliction is digested, consolation ever comes too soon; and after it is digested, it comes too late.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Now or never was the time. Now or never was the time.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Keyholes are the occasions of more sin and wickedness, than all other holes in this world put together. Keyholes are the occasions of more sin and wickedness, than all other holes in this world put together.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not. Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Patience cannot remove, but it can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune. Patience cannot remove, but it can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune.
Laurence Sterne quotes: There is one sweet lenitive at least for evils, which nature holds out; so I took it kindly at her hands, and fell asleep. There is one sweet lenitive at least for evils, which nature holds out; so I took it kindly at her hands, and fell asleep.
Laurence Sterne quotes: I am sick as a horse. I am sick as a horse.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Freethinkers are generally those who never think at all. Freethinkers are generally those who never think at all.
Laurence Sterne quotes: "They order," said I, "this matter better in France." "They order," said I, "this matter better in France."
Laurence Sterne quotes: But desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it. The But desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it. The
Laurence Sterne quotes: There is nothing so awkward as courting a woman whilst she is making sausages. There is nothing so awkward as courting a woman whilst she is making sausages.
Laurence Sterne quotes: I had had an affair with the moon, in which there was neither sin nor shame. I had had an affair with the moon, in which there was neither sin nor shame.
Laurence Sterne quotes: There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse. There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason. Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest. Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest.
Laurence Sterne quotes: To write a book is for all the world like humming a song - be but in tune with yourself, madam, 'tis no matter how high or how low you To write a book is for all the world like humming a song - be but in tune with yourself, madam, 'tis no matter how high or how low you take it.
Laurence Sterne quotes: I begin with writing the first sentence - and trusting to Almighty God for the second. I begin with writing the first
sentence - and trusting to Almighty
God for the second.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Vanity bids all her sons be brave, and all her daughters chaste and courteous. Vanity bids all her sons be brave, and all her daughters chaste and courteous.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Injuries come only from the heart. Injuries come only from the heart.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Learning is the dictionary, but sense the grammar of science. Learning is the dictionary, but sense the grammar of science.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Men tire themselves in the pursuit of sleep. Men tire themselves in the pursuit of sleep.
Laurence Sterne quotes: When the precipitancy of a man's wishes hurries on his ideas ninety times faster than the vehicle he rides inwoe be to truth! When the precipitancy of a man's wishes hurries on his ideas ninety times faster than the vehicle he rides in
woe be to truth!
Laurence Sterne quotes: There is not a greater paradox in nature,than that so good a religion [as Christianity] should be no better recommended by its professors. There is not a greater paradox in nature,
than that so good a religion [as Christianity] should be no better recommended by its professors.
Laurence Sterne quotes: When the affections so kindly break loose, Joy, is another name for Religion. When the affections so kindly break loose, Joy, is another name for Religion.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Whatever stress some may lay upon it, a death-bed repentance is but a weak and slender plank to trust our all on. Whatever stress some may lay upon it, a death-bed repentance is but a weak and slender plank to trust our all on.
Laurence Sterne quotes: My father, whose way was to force every event in nature into an hypothesis, by which means never man crucified TRUTH at the rate he did. My father, whose way was to force every event in nature into an hypothesis, by which means never man crucified TRUTH at the rate he did.
Laurence Sterne quotes: Titles of honor are like the impressions on coins, which add no value to gold or silver, but only render brass current. Titles of honor are like the impressions on coins, which add no value to gold or silver, but only render brass current.