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Quotations From LAURENCE STERNE

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  • 41.
    'Twas not by ideas,—by heaven! his life was put in jeopardy by words.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 2, ch. 2, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978). Said about uncle Toby's efforts to master the jargon of fortifications.

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  • 42.
    [I am] firmly persuaded that every time a man smiles,—but much more so, when he laughs, that it adds something to this Fragment of life.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 1, dedication, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).

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  • 43.
    The common consolation which some good christian or other, is hourly administering to himself,—that he thanks God his mind does not misgive him; and that, consequently, he has a good conscience, because he has a quiet one,—is fallacious.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 2, ch. 17, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978). From his previously published "Abuses of Conscience" sermon (1750), read by Corporal Trim to the Shandy family.

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  • 44.
    De gustibus non est disputandum;Mthat is, there is no disputing against HOBBY-HORSES; and, for my part, I seldom do ... for ... I keep a couple of pads myself, upon which, in their turns ... I frequently ride out and take the air.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 1, ch. 8, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978). Sterne's version of the Latin tag, "there is no disputing about tastes."
  • 45.
    We lose the right of complaining sometimes by forbearing it;Mbut we oftener treble the force.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 2, ch. 4, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).

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  • 46.
    How many thousands of [lives] are there every year that comes cast away, (in all civilized countries at least)—and consider'd as nothing but common air, in competition of an hypothesis.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 1, ch. 21, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).
  • 47.
    It is the nature of an hypothesis, when once a man has conceived it, that it assimulates every thing to itself as proper nourishment; and, from the first moment of your begetting it, it generally grows the stronger by every thing you see, hear, read, or understand. This is of great use.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 2, ch. 19, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).

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  • 48.
    [My father] was serious;Mhe was all uniformity;Mhe was systematical, and, like all systematick reasoners, he would move both heaven and earth, and twist and torture every thing in nature to support his hypothesis.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 1, ch. 19, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).

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  • 49.
    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, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).
  • 50.
    Trust me, my dear Eugenius ... "there are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse."
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "The Pulse. Paris." Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967).

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