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Laurence Sterne

1713-1768. British writer.

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

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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!

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

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Positiveness is an absurd foible. If you are in the right, it lessens your triumph; if in the wrong, it adds shame to your defeat.

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'Tis no extravagant arithmetic to say, that for every ten jokes, thou hast got an hundred enemies; and till thou hast gone on, and raised a swarm of wasps about thine ears, and art half stung to death by them, thou wilt never be convinced it is so.

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

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First, whenever a man talks loudly against religion, always suspect that it is not his reason, but his passions, which have got the better of his creed. A bad life and a good belief are disagreeable and troublesome neighbors, and where they separate, depend upon it, 'Tis for no other cause but quietness sake.

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Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas.

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The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it.

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Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest.

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