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Laurence Sterne Quotes

(1713-1768), British Author

A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything.

Category: Adventure

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

Category: Amusement

The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it.

Category: Anecdotes

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.

Category: Atheism

When ever a person talks loudly against religion, always suspect that it is not their reason, but their passions, which have got the better of their beliefs. A bad life and a good belief are disagreeable and troublesome neighbors; and when they separate, depend on it that it is for the sake of peace and quiet.

Category: Atheism

One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct.

Category: Books And Reading

Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine; they are the life, the soul of reading! Take them out of this book, for instance, --you might as well take the book along with them; --one cold external winter would reign in every page of it; restore them to the writer; --he steps forth like a bridegroom, --bids All-hail; brings in variety, and forbids the appetite to fail.

Category: Books And Reading

Positiveness is an absurd foible. If you are in the right, it lessens your triumph; if in the wrong, it adds shame to your defeat.

Category: Certainty

We lose the right of complaining sometimes, by denying something, but this often triples its force.

Category: Complaints And Complaining

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!

Category: Critics And Criticism

There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse.

Category: Doctors

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?

Category: Eccentricity

Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.

Category: Forgiveness

People who overly take care of their health are like misers. They hoard up a treasure which they never enjoy.

Category: Health

For every ten jokes you acquire a hundred enemies.

Category: Humor