85 Total Quotes

Laurence Sterne Quotes

Laurence Sterne
Titles of honor are like the impressions on coins, which add no value to gold or silver, but only render brass current
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#Gold

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I once asked a hermit in Italy how he could venture to live alone, in a single cottage, on the top of a mountain, a mile from any habitation? He replied, that Providence was his next-door neighbor
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#Italy

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Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.
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#Irish Novelist #Manners

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All womankind, from the highest to the lowest love jokes; the difficulty is to know how they choose to have them cut; and there is no knowing that, but by trying, as we do with our artillery in the field, by raising or letting down their breeches, till we hit the mark.
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#Jokes And Jokers #Difficulty

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In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.
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#Irish Novelist #Mind

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

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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.
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#Best Friends

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

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I write the first sentence and trust in God for the next
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#God

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

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

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For every ten jokes, thou hast got a hundred enemies
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#Enemies

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The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.
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#Acquisition

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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?
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#Eccentricity #Man

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Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other.
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#Irish Novelist #Darkness

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

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Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions.
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#Irish Novelist #Heart

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

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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
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#Duty

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

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God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb
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#God