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Laurence Sterne
November 24, 1713 - March 18, 1768
Nationality: Irish
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: Irish Novelist

An actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand.


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.


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


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


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


I take a simple view of life. It is keep your eyes open and get on with it.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


For every ten jokes you acquire a hundred enemies.


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!


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


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


An English man does not travel to see English men.


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.


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