"In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Laurence Sterne on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Laurence Sterne on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Laurence Sterne on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Laurence Sterne on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Laurence Sterne on Ernest Hemingway
"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."
"Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas."
"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."
"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."
"People who overly take care of their health are like misers. They hoard up a treasure which they never enjoy."