Laurence Sterne

English writer (born in Ireland) (1713-1766)

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Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.
A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything.
Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood.
First, whenever a man talks loudly against religion, always suspect that it is not his reason, but his passions, which have got the better of his creed. A bad life and a good belief are disagreeable and troublesome neighbors, and where they separate, depend upon it, 'Tis for no other cause but quietness sake.
First, whenever a man talks loudly against religion, always suspect that it is not his reason, but his passions, which have got the better of his creed. A bad life and a good belief are disagreeable and troublesome neighbors, and where they separate, depend upon it, 'Tis for no other cause but quietness sake.
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.
Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas.
Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason.
Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other.
People who overly take care of their health are like misers. They hoard up a treasure which they never enjoy.
The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it.
There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse.
We lose the right of complaining sometimes, by denying something, but this often triples its force.

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