Laurence Sterne

(1713-1768 / Clonmel)

Laurence Sterne Quotes

  • ''The proper education of poor children [is] the ground-work of almost every other kind of charity.... Without this foundation first laid, how much kindness ... is unavoidably cast away?''
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. Sermons, sermon 5, "The case of Elijah and the widow of Zerephath," ed. Melvyn New, University Press of Florida (1996). First published separately in 1747.
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  • ''We often think ourselves inconsistent creatures, when we are the furthest from it, and all the variety of shapes and contradictory appearances we put on, are in truth but so many different attempts to gratify the same governing appetite.''
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. Sermons, sermon 9, "The character of Herod" (1760), ed. Melvyn New, University Press of Florida (1996).
  • ''In all unmerciful actions, the worst of men pay this compliment at least to humanity, as to endeavour to wear as much of the appearance of it, as the case will well let them.''
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. Sermons, sermon 3, "Philanthropy recommended" (1760), ed. Melvyn New, University Press of Florida (1996).
  • ''The histories of the lives and fortunes of men are full of instances of this nature,—where favorable times and lucky accidents have done for them, what wisdom or skill could not.''
    Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. Sermons, sermon 8, "Time and chance" (1760), ed. Melvyn New, University Press of Florida (1996).

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