Laurence Sterne Quotes

Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.

Laurence Sterne

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

Laurence Sterne

Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.

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

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

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

There is no such thing as real happiness in life. The justest definition that was ever given of it was "a tranquil acquiescence under an agreeable delusion"--I forget where.

Laurence Sterne

A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything.

Laurence Sterne

This world surely is wide enough to hold both thee and me.

Laurence Sterne

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

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