Laurence Sterne
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"Laurence Sterne" was an Anglo-Irish novelist and an Anglican clergyman. He is best known for his novels The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy; but he also published Sermons of Laurence Sterne/many sermons, wrote memoirs, and was involved in local politics. Sterne died in London after years of fighting tuberculosis/consumption.

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I write the first sentence and trust in God for the next.

You can always tell a real friend; when you've made a fool of yourself, he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.

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 am persuaded that every time a man smiles - but much more so when he laughs - it adds something to this fragment of life.

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

For every ten jokes, thou hast got a hundred enemies.

Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.

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

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