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Top 160 Laurence Sterne Quotes (2023 Update)

Laurence Sterne Quote: “Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Now or never was the time.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Endless is the search of truth.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “I write the first sentence and trust in God for the next.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other; and he only who knows how to accommodate himself to their returns, and can wisely extract the good from the evil, knows how to live.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “The sad vicissitude of things.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “An actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “I’ll not hurt thee, says Uncle Toby, rising with the fly in his hand. Go, he says, opening the window to let it escape. Why should I hurt thee? This world is surely wide enough to hold both thee and me.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “The best hearts are ever the bravest.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Heat is in proportion to the want of true knowledge.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “I am sick as a horse.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “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 Quote: “It is sweet to feel by what fine spun threads our affections are drawn together.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Freethinkers are generally those who never think at all.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “The way to fame, is like the way to heaven, – through much tribulation.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Only the brave know how to forgive.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “But this is neither here nor there why do I mention it? Ask my pen, it governs me, I govern not it.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Human nature is the same in all professions.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “When my way is too rough for my feet, or too steep for my strength, I get off it to some smooth velvet path which fancy has scattered over with rosebuds of delights; and, having taken a few turns in it, come back strengthened and refreshed.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “If time, like money, could be laid by while one was not using it, there might be some excuse for the idleness of half of the world, but yet not a full one. For even this would be such an economy as the living on a principal sum, without making it purchase interest.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “So fruitful is slander in variety of expedients to satiate as well as disguise itself. But if these smoother weapons cut so sore, what shall we say of open and unblushing scandal, subjected to no caution, tied down to no restraints?”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “It is the nature of an hypothesis, when once a man has conceived it, that it assimilates every thing to itself, as proper nourishment; and, from the first moment of your begetting it, it generally grows the stronger by every thing you see, hear, read, or understand.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “We often think ourselves inconsistent creatures, when we are the furthest from it, and all the variety of shapes and contradictory appearances we put on, are in truth but so many different attempts to gratify the same governing appetite.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “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 Quote: “Simplicity is the great friend to nature, and if I would be proud of anything in this silly world, it should be of this honest alliance.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “If thou art rich, then show the greatness of thy fortune; or what is better, the greatness of thy soul, in the meekness of thy conversation; condescend to men of low estate, support the distressed, and patronize the neglected. Be great.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Death opens the gate of fame, and shuts the gate of envy after it; it unlooses the chain of the captive, and puts the bondsman’s task into another man’s hand.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “When a man gives himself up to the government of a ruling passion, – or, in other words, when his HOBBY-HORSE grows head- strong, – farewell cool reason and fair discretion.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life by him who interests his heart in every thing, and who, having eyes to see, what time and chance are perpetually holding out to him as he journeyeth on his way, misses nothing he can fairly lay his hands on.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “There is no such thing as real happiness in life. The justest definition that was ever given of it was “a tranquil acquiescence under an agreeable delusion” – I forget where.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Sight is by much the noblest of the senses. We receive our notices from the other four, through the organs of sensation only. We hear, we feel, we smell, we taste, by touch. But sight rises infinitely higher. It is refined above matter, and equals the faculty of spirit.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “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 Quote: “An English man does not travel to see English men.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “A man’s body and his mind, with the utmost reverence to both I speak it, are exactly like a jerkin and a jerkin’s lining; rumple the one, you rumple the other.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “The history of a soldier’s wound beguiles the pain of it.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “If death, said my father, reasoning with himself, is nothing but the separation of the soul from the body; – and if it is true that people can walk about and do their business without brains, – then certes the soul does not inhabit there.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Tis no extravagant arithmetic to say, that for every ten jokes, thou hast got an hundred enemies; and till thou hast gone on, and raised a swarm of wasps about thine ears, and art half stung to death by them, thou wilt never be convinced it is so.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Tis going, I own, like the Knight of the Woeful Countenance, in quest of melancholy adventures – but I know not how it is, but I am never so perfectly conscious of the existence of a soul within me, as when I am entangled in them.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Philosophy has a fine saying for everything.-For Death it has an entire set.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Chance is the providence of adventurers.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “That of all the several ways of beginning a book which are now in practice throughout the known world, I am confident my own way of doing it is the bst – I’m sure it is the most religious – for I begin with writing the first sentence – and trusting to Almighty God for the second.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world – though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst – the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “A good simile, – as concise as a king’s declaration of love.”
Laurence Sterne Quote: “A man should know something of his own country too, before he goes abroad.”
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