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Laurence Sterne (24 November 1713 – 18 March 1768) was an Anglo-Irish novelist and an Anglican clergyman. He is best known for his novels The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy; but he also published many sermons, wrote memoirs, and was involved in local politics. Sterne died in London after years of fighting consumption. more »

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  • The great end of all religion ... is to purify our hearts—and conquer our passions—and in a word, to make us wiser and better men—better neighbours—better citizens—and better ...
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. Sermons (1760), sermon 6, "Pharisee and publican" (1760), ed. Melvyn New, University Press of ...
  • ''Heat is in proportion to the want of true knowledge.''
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. "Slawkenbergius's Tale" (1761), vol. 4, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, e...
  • ''When a man gives himself up to the government of a ruling passion,—or, in other words, when his HOBBY-HORSE grows head- strong,—farewell cool reason and fair discretion.''
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 2, ch. 5, eds. Melvyn New and...
  • Writing, when properly managed ... is but a different name for conversation: As no one ... would venture to talk all;Mso no author, who understands the just boundaries of decorum and good breeding, wo...
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 2, ch. 11, eds. Melvyn New an...
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