Quotes by 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.
- An English man does not travel to see English men.
- 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.
- I take a simple view of life. It is keep your eyes open and get on with it.
- In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.
- Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions.
- Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest.
- Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas.
- Only the brave know how to forgive... a coward never forgave it is not in his nature.
- 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.
- People who overly take care of their health are like misers. They hoard up a treasure which they never enjoy.
- Religion which lays so many restraints upon us, is a troublesome companion to those who will lay no restraints upon themselves.
- Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.
- Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not.
- 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.
- The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.