Laurence Sterne Quotes

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Science may be learned by rote, but Wisdom not.
— Laurence Sterne

wisdom education

Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not.
— Laurence Sterne
Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.
— Laurence Sterne
The way to fame is like the way to heaven, through much tribulation.
— Laurence Sterne
Hail, ye small, sweet courtesies of life! For smooth do ye make the road of it.
— Laurence Sterne
Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, and obstinacy in a bad one.
— Laurence Sterne

perseverance obstinacy

The highest stretch of improvement a single word is capable of, is a high metaphor.


Desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.


The desire of knowledge, lies the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.
— Laurence Sterne
To have a respect for ourselves guides our morals; to have a deference for others governs our manners.
— Laurence Sterne

morals manners

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


The life of a writer, whatever he might fancy to the contrary, was not so much a state of composition, as a state of warfare.


What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life by him who interests his heart in every thing; and who, having eyes to see what time and chance are perpetually holding out to him as he journeyeth on his way, misses nothing he can fairly lay his hands on!