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Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Nationality
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DOB
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24-11-1713
DOD
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18-03-1768

Novelist Laurence Sterne was born on 24th November 1713 AD. An Irish citizen, Laurence Sterne was born in Ireland. Laurence Sterne was 55 years old when he died on 18th March 1768 AD. In his life Laurence Sterne was famous not only for his work but also for quotations and sayings, some of which are quite popular and listed here.

Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other.

- Laurence Sterne

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.

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy , Laurence Sterne

You can always tell a real friend; when you've made a fool of yourself, he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.

- Laurence Sterne

Shall we for ever make new books, as apothecaries make new mixtures, by pouring only out of one vessel into another?

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy , Laurence Sterne

Human nature is the same in all professions.

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy , Laurence Sterne

Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners

- Laurence Sterne

Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.

- Laurence Sterne

I begin with writing the first sentence—and trusting to Almighty God for the second.

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy , Laurence Sterne

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

What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life by him who interests himself in everything.

- Laurence Sterne

I have undertaken, you see, to write not only my life, but my opinions also; hoping and expecting that your knowledge of my character, and of what kind of a mortal I am, by the one, would give you a better relish for the other: As you proceed further with me, the slight acquaintance which is now beginning betwixt us, will grow into familiarity; and that, unless one of us is in fault, will terminate in friendship.

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy , Laurence Sterne

Keyholes are the occasions of more sin and wickedness, than all other holes in this world put together.

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy , Laurence Sterne

Digressions incontestably are the sunshine; they are the life, the soul of reading.

- Laurence Sterne

Time wastes too fast : every letter I trace tells me with what rapidity Life follows my pen ; the days and hours of it, more precious, my dear Jenny! than the rubies about thy neck, are flying over our heads like light clouds of a windy day, never to return more -- every thing presses on -- whilst thou are twisting that lock, -- see! it grows grey ; and every time I kiss thy hand to bid adieu, and every absence which follows it, are preludes to that eternal separation which we are shortly to make!

- Laurence Sterne

I have a strong propensity in me to begin this chapter very nonsensically, and I will not balk my fancy.--Accordingly I set off thus:

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy , Laurence Sterne

Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine, the life, the soul of reading! Take them out and one cold eternal winter would reign in every page. Restore them to the writer - he steps forth like a bridegroom, bids them all-hail, brings in variety and forbids the appetite to fail.

- Laurence Sterne

Writing, when properly managed, (as you may be sure I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation.

- Laurence Sterne

Alas! if the principles of contentment are not within us, the height of station and worldly grandeur will as soon add a cubit to a man's stature as to his happiness.

- Laurence Sterne

An actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand.

- Laurence Sterne

An English man does not travel to see English men.

- Laurence Sterne

But this is neither here nor there why do I mention it? Ask my pen, it governs me, I govern not it.

- Laurence Sterne

Of all duties, prayer certainly is the sweetest and most easy.

- Laurence Sterne

Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas.

- Laurence Sterne

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

In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.

- Laurence Sterne

In all unmerciful actions, the worst of men pay this compliment at least to humanity, as to endeavor to wear as much of the appearance of it, as the case will well let them.

- Laurence Sterne

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

I take a simple view of life. It is keep your eyes open and get on with it.

- Laurence Sterne

I am persuaded that every time a man smiles - but much more so when he laughs - it adds something to this fragment of life.

- Laurence Sterne

When the heart flies out before the understanding, it saves the judgment a world of pains

- Laurence Sterne

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

So long as a man rides his Hobby-Horse peaceably and quietly along the King's highway, and neither compels you or me to get up behind him -- pray, Sir, what have either you or I to do with it?

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy , Laurence Sterne

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