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Laurence Sterne Quotes and Sayings

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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.
- Laurence Sterne

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

People who are always taking care of their health are like misers,
who are hoarding a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy.
- Laurence Sterne

Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when
they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story,
which engages the passions.
- Laurence Sterne

 

Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy,
but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason.
- Laurence Sterne

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

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

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Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest.
- Laurence Sterne

Writing, when properly managed, (as you may be sure
I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation.
- Laurence Sterne

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

Keyholes are the occasions of more sin and wickedness,
than all other holes in this world put together.
- Laurence Sterne

When the heart flies out before the understanding,
it saves the judgment a world of pains.
- Laurence Sterne

One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but
to improve his mind and morals,
and regulate his conduct.
- Laurence Sterne

Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions,
not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood.
- Laurence Sterne

Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not.
- Laurence Sterne

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

But this is neither here nor there why do I mention it? Ask my pen,
it governs me, I govern not it.
- Laurence Sterne

The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches,
increases ever with the acquisition of it.
- Laurence Sterne

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

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

For every ten jokes you acquire a hundred enemies.
- Laurence Sterne

Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas.
- Laurence Sterne

An English man does not travel to see English men.
- Laurence Sterne

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.
- Laurence Sterne

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

God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb.
- Laurence Sterne

Of all duties, prayer certainly is the sweetest and most easy.
- Laurence Sterne

A dwarf who brings a standard along with him to measure his own size,
take my word, is a dwarf in more articles than one.
- Laurence Sterne

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

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

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

Respect for ourselves guides our morals,
respect for others guides our manners.
- Laurence Sterne

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

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

When a man is discontented with himself,
it has one advantage - that it puts him into an excellent
frame of mind for making a bargain.
- Laurence Sterne

Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness,
succeed each other.
- Laurence Sterne

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.
- Laurence Sterne

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship
of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.
- Robert Southey

I would rather try to persuade a man to go along,
because once I have persuaded him, he will stick.
If I scare him, he will stay just as long
as he is scared, and then he is gone.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Travel, which was once either a necessity or an adventure,
has become very largely a commodity,
and from all sides we are persuaded into thinking that
it is a social requirement,
too.
- Jan Morris

I gradually became persuaded that the subjects,
without intending to, had revealed to me a basic truth
about markets that was foreign to the literature of economics.
- Vernon L. Smith

At one time, I was persuaded to want to make music,
and people answered me that that was not possible.
- Yannick Noah

I have always been fully persuaded that,
through co-operation, labor could become its own employer.
- Leland Stanford

I am persuaded that the world has been tricked into adopting
some false and most pernicious notions about consistency -
and to such a degree that the average man has
turned the rights and wrongs of things entirely around
and is proud to be "consistent," unchanging, immovable, fossilized,
where it should be his humiliation.
- Mark Twain

Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
- James Russell Lowell

When I was rising eighteen I persuaded my parents to
let me return to Australia and at least see whether
I could adapt myself to life on the land before going up to Cambridge.
- Patrick White

I was persuaded now that I was destined to lead a life on the Plains.
- Buffalo Bill

Paul persuaded me to join the band.
I would never have had the courage otherwise.
It was fun at the beginning.
We were playing just for fun, with Paul's group.
- Linda McCartney

People are generally better persuaded by the reasons
which they have themselves discovered than by those
which have come in to the mind of others.
- Blaise Pascal

First, President Reagan was not enthusiastic.
But I built up a relationship with him in other areas
and then persuaded him that this was important to us and to me,
and that we had to at least be in the process of looking at this seriously.
- Brian Mulroney

I am persuaded, that if any attempt is made to improve
the education of the poor,
and such an unmanly spirit should guide the resolution
of a society or committee for that purpose,
it would render the design abortive.
- Joseph Lancaster

Meetings are a great trap.
Soon you find yourself trying to get agreement and
then the people who disagree come to think they have a right to be persuaded.
However, they are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

There's a very big gulf between the black civil rights
leadership in America and the black middle class in America.
The black middle class are conservative.
Many of those minorities can be persuaded to be members of the Republican Party.
- Pete du Pont

The standard rumor at the time was that Rumsfeld,
as chief of staff, had persuaded President Ford to appoint George H.W.
Bush as director of Central Intelligence,
assuming that that got rid of a potential competitor for the presidency.
- Bobby R. Inman

The universe is asymmetric and I am persuaded that life,
as it is known to us, is a direct result of the asymmetry
of the universe or of its indirect consequences.
The universe is asymmetric.
- Louis Pasteur

I am persuaded that in the case of elected officials,
the overwhelming temptation is to conclude that it
is more important for your constituents that you be
reelected than that you deal honestly with them.
- James L. Buckley

I am fully persuaded that thousands of our fellow-men
might profit equally by a similar course to mine;
but,
constitutions not being all alike, a different course
of treatment may be advisable for the removal of so
tormenting an affliction.
- William Banting

Today we know that World War II began not in 1939 or
1941 but in the 1920's and 1930's when those who should
have known better persuaded themselves that they were
not their brother's keeper.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

And I saw the sax line-up that he had behind him and I thought,
I'm going to learn the saxophone.
When I grow up, I'm going to play in his band.
So I sort of persuaded my dad to get me a kind of a
plastic saxophone on the hire purchase plan.
- David Bowie

But to do it professionally is a quantum leap difference
and my father had to be persuaded by these kind of
Ivy League professors that I should go to the Yale Drama School,
another one of the stories in there.
- Robert Klein

If they are really persuaded that the army is annually established by me,
that I have the sole disposal of posts and honours,
that I employ this power in the destruction of liberty
and the diminution of commerce,
let me awaken them from their delusion.
- Robert Walpole

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)


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