Quotations From LAURENCE STERNE

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  • 51.
    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 Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).

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  • 52.
    Most of us are aware of and pretend to detest the barefaced instances of that hypocrisy by which men deceive others, but few of us are upon our guard or see that more fatal hypocrisy by which we deceive and over-reach our own hearts.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. Sermons, sermon 4, "Self knowledge" (1760), ed. Melvyn New, University Press of Florida (1996).
  • 53.
    The soul and body are joint-sharers in every thing they get: A man cannot dress, but his ideas get cloath'd at the same time; and if he dresses like a gentleman, every one of them stands presented to his imagination, genteelized along with him.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1767), vol. 9, ch. 13, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).

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  • 54.
    What could be wanting ... but to have wrote a book.... Little boots it to the subtle speculatist to stand single in his opinions,—unless he gives them proper vent.
    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).
  • 55.
    O my countrymen!—be nice;Mbe cautious of your language;—and never, O! never let it be forgotten upon what small particles your eloquence and your fame depend.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 2, ch. 6, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).

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  • 56.
    My father, whose way was to force every event in nature into an hypothesis, by which means never man crucified TRUTH at the rate he did.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1767), vol. 9, ch. 32, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).

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  • 57.
    Alack-o-day, replied the corporal ... your honour knows I have neither wife or child—I can have no sorrows in this world.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1761), vol. 4, ch. 4, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).

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  • 58.
    I guard this box, as I would the instrumental parts of my religion, to help my mind on to something better.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "The Snuff Box. Calais." Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967). Yorick's comment on the exchange of snuff-boxes with a monk of Calais, a scene central to the sentimental "cult of Sterne" in early 19th-century Germany and France.
  • 59.
    I am positive I have a soul; nor can all the books with which materialists have pester'd the world ever convince me of the contrary.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "Maria. Moulines." Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967).

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  • 60.
    When the heart flies out before the understanding, it saves the judgment a world of pains.
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "The Remise Door. Calais." Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967).

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