Laurence Sterne

Novelist, Author

1713 – 1768


Who was Laurence Sterne?

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 many sermons, wrote memoirs, and was involved in local politics. Sterne died in London after years of fighting consumption.

Famous Quotes:

  • Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason.
  • Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other.
  • Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas.
  • People who overly take care of their health are like misers. They hoard up a treasure which they never enjoy.
  • 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.
  • One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct.
  • The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it.
  • I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me.
  • There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse.
  • We lose the right of complaining sometimes, by denying something, but this often triples its force.

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Nov 24, 1713
Also known as
  • Lorry Slim
  • Anglicanism
  • Irish people
  • England
  • Kingdom of Ireland
  • Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Halifax Grammar School
  • University of Cambridge
Lived in
  • County Tipperary
  • Yorkshire
Mar 18, 1768
Resting place
St George Hanover Square

on July 23, 2013


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