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A collection of quotes by Laurence Sterne on poetry, writing, curiosity, morals, manners, inspiration, respect, trust, literature, gossip and soul.

27 Inspiring Quotes By Laurence Sterne That You Will Enjoy

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Writer, Novelist, Autobiographer, Religious servant

Born On
24 November 1713 AD

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18 March 1768 AD

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Clonmel

Died At Age
54

Laurence Sterne was one of the most renowned Irish novelists of the 18th century. He started off his writing career with poetry and published his first collection titled ‘The Unknown World, Verses Occasioned by Hearing a Pass-Bell. He further wrote a novel before the first notable work of his life, ‘The Life And Opinions Of Tristram Shandy’. Its unusual story caught the attention of the masses which helped his popularity reach the elite class. This book was divided into nine volumes and was published in five installments. Although the first two volumes were a success but writers reviewed the content as boring and predicted it to be a failure. The character of this book was liked by the people because of its individuality. This book gradually attracted attention as each volume ended to increase the curiosity for the next one. The first eight volumes were published over a period of seven years and the last one came just before Sterne’s death. Here is a collection of sayings and quotations by the celebrated writer and Anglican clergyman. We have collected his quotes from his important books and writings. Read on a compilation of quotes and thoughts by Laurence Sterne which have been scanned from his writings, poems, sermons, memoirs, books and novels.

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

- Laurence Sterne

I wish 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;

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne

It had ever, as I told the reader, been one of the singular blessings of my life, to be almost every hour of it miserably in love with some one....

- A Sentimental Journey, Laurence Sterne

Now there is nothing in this world I abominate worse, than to be interrupted in a story...

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne

—My brother Toby, quoth she, is going to be married to Mrs. Wadman. —Then he will never, quoth my father, be able to lie diagonally in his bed again as long as he lives.

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne

The loneliness is the mother of wisdom.

- Laurence Sterne

The pulsations of the arteries along my fingers pressing across hers, told her what was passing within me: she look’d down—a silence of some moments followed.

- A Sentimental Journey, Laurence Sterne

Memiliki rasa hormat pada diri sendiri akan membimbing moral kita, Memiliki rasa hormat terhadap orang lain akan menjaga sikap sopan santun kita.

- Laurence Sterne

Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine;—they are the life, the soul of reading;—take them out of this book for instance,—you might as well take the book along with them;

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, 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

Alas, poor YORICK!

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne

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

- Laurence Sterne

...For every ten jokes - thou hast got an hundred enemies...

- Laurence Sterne

To write a book is for all the world like humming a song—be but in tune with yourself, madam, 'tis no matter how high or how low you take it.

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne

…so long as a man rides his Hobby-Horse peaceably and quietly along the King's highway, and neither compels you or me to get up behind him,--pray, Sir, what have either you or I to do with it?

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne

We don't love people so much for the good they have done us, as for the good we have done them

- Laurence Sterne

I have a strong propensity in me to begin this chapter very nonsensically, and I will not balk my fancy.--Accordingly I set off thus:

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne

Digressions incontestably are the sunshine; they are the life, the soul of reading.

- Laurence Sterne

Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other.

- Laurence Sterne

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

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne

What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life by him who interests himself in everything.

- Laurence Sterne

Shall we for ever make new books, as apothecaries make new mixtures, by pouring only out of one vessel into another?

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne

Human nature is the same in all professions.

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne

I begin with writing the first sentence—and trusting to Almighty God for the second.

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne

Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.

- Laurence Sterne

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

- Laurence Sterne

What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within the span of his little life by him who interests his heart in everything.

- Laurence Sterne