Quotes by: Laurence Sterne
Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood.
'Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, and of obstinacy in a bad one.
The most accomplished way of using books is to serve them as some people do lords; learn their titles and then brag of their acquaintance.
I wish either 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 desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.
One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct.
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!
Writing, when properly managed, (as you may be sure I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation.
There have been no sects in the Christian world, however absurd, which have not endeavoured to support their opinions by arguments drawn from Scripture.
Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason.
A dwarf who brings a standard along with him to measure his own size, take my word, is a dwarf in more articles than one.
I am persuaded that every time a man smiles - but much more so when he laughs - it adds something to this fragment of life.
People who overly take care of their health are like misers. They hoard up a treasure which they never enjoy.
When a man is discontented with himself, it has one advantage - that it puts him into an excellent frame of mind for making a bargain.