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LAURENCE STERNE
Irish humorous and novelist
(1713 - 1768)
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A coward never forgives.
      - [Forgiveness]

A good simile,--as concise as a king's declaration of love.
      - [Simile]

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

A word, a look, which at one time would make no impression, at another time wounds the heart; and like a shaft flying with the wind pierces deep, which, with its own natural force, would scarce have reached the object aimed at.
      - [Feeling]

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.
      - [Contentment]

An atheist is more reclaimable than a papist, as ignorance is sooner cured than superstition.
      - [Skepticism]

An inward sincerity will of course influence the outward deportment; but where the one is wanting, there is great reason to suspect the absence of the other.
      - [Sincerity]

Any one may do a casual act of good-nature; but a continuation of them shows it a part of the temperament.
      - [Generosity]

As monarchs have a right to call in the specie of a state, and raise its value, by their own impression; so are there certain prerogative geniuses, who are above plagiaries, who cannot be said to steal, but, from their improvement of a thought, rather to borrow it, and repay the commonwealth of letters with interest again; and may wore properly be said to adopt, than to kidnap a sentiment, by leaving it heir to their own fame.
      - [Plagiarism]

Beauty has so many charms, one knows not how to speak against it; and when it happens that a graceful figure is the habitation of a virtuous soul, when the beauty of the face speaks out the modesty and humility of the mind, and the justness of the proportion raises our thoughts up to the heart and wisdom of the great Creator, something may be allowed it,--and something to the embellishments which set it off; and yet, when the whole apology is read, it will be found at last that beauty, like truth, never is so glorious as when it goes the plainest.
      - [Beauty]

Beauty, like truth, never is so glorious as when it goes plainest.
      - [Dress]

Before an affliction is digested, consolation ever comes too soon; and after it is digested, it comes too late; but there is a mark between these two, as fine almost as a hair, for a comforter to take aim at.
      - [Conspiracy]

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

Death opens the gate of fame, and shuts the gate of envy after it; it unlooses the chain of the captive, and puts the bondsman's task into another man's hand.
      - [Death]

Delicious essence! how refreshing art thou to nature! how strongly are all its powers and all its weaknesses on thy side! how sweetly dost thou mix with the blood, and help it through the most difficult and tortuous passages to the heart!
      - [Flattery]

Digressions incontestibly are the sunshine; they are the life, the soul of reading.
      - [Digression]

Do not weep, my dear lady! Your tears are too precious to shed for me; bottle them up, and may the cork never be drawn.
      - [Weeping]

Endless is the search of truth.
      - [Truth]

For every ten jokes, thou hast got a hundred enemies.
      - [Jokes]

Freethinkers are generally those who never think at all.
      - [Infidelity : Skepticism]

Go, poor devil, get thee gone; why should I hurt thee? This world surely is wide enough to hold both thee and me.
      - [Devil]

Grant me patience, just Heaven! 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.
      - [Critics]

Great is the power of Eloquence; but never is it so great as when it pleads along with nature, and the culprit is a child strayed from his duty, and returned to it again with tears.
      - [Eloquence]

Hail! ye small sweet courtesies of life, for smooth do ye make the road of it, like grace and beauty, which beget inclinations to love at first sight; it is ye who open the door and let the stranger in.
      - [Courtesy]

Heat is in proportion to the want of true knowledge.
      - [Anger]


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