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Laurence Sterne Quotes: "A good simile,--as concise as a king's declaration of love."

A good simile,--as concise as a king's declaration of love.




Laurence Sterne Quotes: "I take a simple view of life. It is keep your eyes open and get on with it."

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




Laurence Sterne Quotes: "Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest."

Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest.



Laurence Sterne Quotes: "Only the brave know how to forgive... a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature."

Only the brave know how to forgive... a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.




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: "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: "Freethinkers are generally those who never think at all."

Freethinkers are generally those who never think at all.




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: "So much of motion, is so much of life, and so much of joy, and to stand still, or get on but slowly, is death and the devil."

So much of motion, is so much of life, and so much of joy, and to stand still, or get on but slowly, is death and the devil.



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: "So long as a man rides his hobbyhorse 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?"

So long as a man rides his hobbyhorse 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?



Laurence Sterne Quotes: "The best hearts are ever the bravest."

The best hearts are ever the bravest.




Laurence Sterne Quotes: "Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other."

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



Laurence Sterne Quotes: "It is not in the power of every one to taste humor, however he may wish it; it is the gift of God! and a true feeler always brings half the entertainment along with him."

It is not in the power of every one to taste humor, however he may wish it; it is the gift of God! and a true feeler always brings half the entertainment along with him.



Laurence Sterne Quotes: "In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself."

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



Laurence Sterne Quotes: "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."

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

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



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: "Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom."

Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.



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

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



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: "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: "Religion which lays so many restraints upon us, is a troublesome companion to those who will lay no restraints upon themselves."

Religion which lays so many restraints upon us, is a troublesome companion to those who will lay no restraints upon themselves.



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: "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: "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: "Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not."

Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not.



Laurence Sterne Quotes: "The histories of the lives and fortunes of men are full of instances of this nature,--where favorable times and lucky accidents have done for them, what wisdom or skill could not."

The histories of the lives and fortunes of men are full of instances of this nature,--where favorable times and lucky accidents have done for them, what wisdom or skill could not.



Laurence Sterne Quotes: "The loneliness is the mother of wisdom."

The loneliness is the mother of wisdom.



Laurence Sterne Quotes: "An inward sincerity will of course influence the outward deportment; but where the one is wanting, there is great reason to suspect the absence of the other."

An inward sincerity will of course influence the outward deportment; but where the one is wanting, there is great reason to suspect the absence of the other.



Laurence Sterne Quotes: "What is the life of man! Is it not to shift from side to side? From sorrow to sorrow? To button up one cause of vexation! And unbutton another!"

What is the life of man! Is it not to shift from side to side? From sorrow to sorrow? To button up one cause of vexation! And unbutton another!



Laurence Sterne Quotes: "The brave only know how to forgive."

The brave only know how to forgive.



Laurence Sterne Quotes: "Titles of honour are like the impressions on coin; — which add no value to gold and silver, but only render brass current."

Titles of honour are like the impressions on coin; — which add no value to gold and silver, but only render brass current.



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: "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."

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 Quotes: "Keep away from the fire!"

Keep away from the fire!



Laurence Sterne Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "A coward never forgives."

A coward never forgives.



Laurence Sterne Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "The most accomplished way of using books is to serve them as some people do lords; learn their titles and then brag of their acquaintance."

The most accomplished way of using books is to serve them as some people do lords; learn their titles and then brag of their acquaintance.



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: "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: "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!"

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 Quotes: "The insolence of base minds in success is boundless; and would scarce admit of a comparison, did not they themselves furnish us with one in the degrees of their abjection when evil returns upon them."

The insolence of base minds in success is boundless; and would scarce admit of a comparison, did not they themselves furnish us with one in the degrees of their abjection when evil returns upon them.



Laurence Sterne Quotes: "There have been no sects in the Christian world, however absurd, which have not endeavoured to support their opinions by arguments drawn from Scripture."

There have been no sects in the Christian world, however absurd, which have not endeavoured to support their opinions by arguments drawn from Scripture.



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

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 Quotes: "It is a great pity but tis certain from every day's observation of man, that he may be set on fire like a candle, at either end provided there is a sufficient wick standing out."

It is a great pity but tis certain from every day's observation of man, that he may be set on fire like a candle, at either end provided there is a sufficient wick standing out.



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

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