That of all the several ways of beginning a book which are now in practice throughout the known world, I am confident my own way of doing it is the bestI'm sure it is the most religiousfor I begin with writing the first sentenceand trusting to Almighty God for the second.
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1765), vol. 8, ch. 2, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).)
... there has been a very special man in my life for the past year. All I'll say about him is that he's kind, warm, mature, someone I can trustand he's not a politician.
(Donna Rice (b. c. 1962), U.S. model and actress. As quoted in People magazine, p. 266 (March 7-14, 1994).
In 1987, Rice had been pursued by the news media and abandoned by her lover, Gary Hart. A married U.S. Senator and candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination, after public disclosure of their affair.)
Trust me, my dear Eugenius ... "there are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse."
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "The Pulse. Paris." Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967).)
To my fancy, one looks back on life, it has only two responsibilities, which include all the others: one is the bringing of new life into existence; the other, educating it after it is brought in. All betrayals of trust result from these original sins.
(Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. Letter, July 1, 1892, to Charles Franklin Thwing. Henry B. Adams and His Friends, p. 269, ed. Harold Dean Cater.)