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Sterne Quotes By Jack Iams

Harriet, to hide her excitement, had turned to the bookshelves in the corner between the windows and the fireplace. The books, untidily arranged, some standing, some piled on their sides, with newspapers and magazines wedged among them, confused her. There were no sets and a great many were paper-backed. She saw friends - Mr. Dickens was present - and nodding acquaintances - Laurence Sterne, for instance, and Theodore Dreiser - but they were among strangers: Henry Miller, Norman Douglas, Saki, Ronald Firbank, strangers all. — Jack Iams

Sterne Quotes By Jim Sterne

Web analytics is a fire extinguisher. Your website is on fire and you're burning cash. — Jim Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Only the brave know how to forgive ... a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

What were his views in this, and in every other action of his life, - or rather what were the opinions which floated in the brains of other people concerning it, was a thought which too much floated in his own, and too often broke in upon his rest, when he should have been sound asleep. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Freethinkers are generally those who never think at all. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

People who are always taking care of their health are like misers, who are hoarding a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Precedents are the disgrace of legislation. They are not wanted to justify right measures, are absolutely insufficient to excuse wrong ones. They can only be useful to heralds, dancing masters, and gentlemen ushers. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

[I have] been in love with one princess or another almost all my life, and I hope I shall go on so, till I die, being firmly persuaded, that if ever I do a mean action, it must be in some interval betwixt one passion and another. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

I wish 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; — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Shall we for ever make new books, as apothecaries make new mixtures, by pouring only out of one vessel into another? — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

I was acquainted once with a gallant soldier who assured me that his only measure of courage was this: upon the first fire, in an engagement, he immediately looked upon himself as a dead man. He then bravely fought out the remainder of the day, perfectly regardless of all manner of danger, as becomes a dead man to be. So that all the life or limbs he carried back again to his tent he reckoned as clear gains, or, as he himself expressed it, so much out of the fire. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Ten cooks' shops! ... and all within three minutes' driving! one would think that all the cooks in the world ... had said - Come, let us all go live at Paris: the French love good eating - they are all gourmands - we shall rank high. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

I have a strong propensity in me to begin this chapter very nonsensically, and I will not balk my fancy.
Accordingly I set off thus: — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Stefan Themerson

A page of a book is like a human face. Look at a page by Hemingway and compare it with Sterne and Marcel Proust. They are different typographical beings. But force upon them those ragged edges, and the influence of the author's style on the physical aspect of the page, their typographical physiognomy will disappear. No, unjustified setting is a sort of gleichschaltung [enforced conformity] through diversity, a very phoney diversity. Produced methodically by chance. For the comfort of the keyboard, and not for the comfort of the eye. — Stefan Themerson

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

I am sick as a horse. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Keep away from the fire! — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Positiveness is a most absurd foible. If you are in the right, it lessens your triumph; if in the wrong, it adds shame to your defeat. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

... so long as a man rides his Hobby-Horse peaceably and quietly along the King's highway, and neither compels you or me to get up behind him,
pray, Sir, what have either you or I to do with it? — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Noelle Sterne

Often what keeps us stuck and continually doing penance is the very feeling that we must pay for lack of action. We become caught in a circle of blame, condemn ourselves, feel hopeless, and feed the fire - or slow burn - by reciting like a mantra our history of inertia and self-judged wrong choices. Well, let's break that dead-end cycle of waste and regret. — Noelle Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

The great end of all religionis to purify our hearts
and conquer our passions
and in a word, to make us wiser and better men
better neighbours
better citizens
and better servants of GOD. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

We don't love people so much for the good they have done us, as for the good we have done them — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Noelle Sterne

Think of some things you've wanted to do for ages and have never given yourself time or permission to do them. The Voice knows what they are and has probably suggested them many times. You've always said inside, 'Oh, I couldn't. Costs too much. I've got too much work. I'm too tired. I can't be away from x that long. Should clean out the garage instead.' It's time to stop cleaning and start living. — Noelle Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Almost one half of our time is spent in telling and hearing evil of one another ... and every hour brings forth something strange and terrible to fill up our discourse and our astonishment. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

But desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it. The — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Is it not an amazing thing, that men shall attempt to investigate the mystery of the redemption, when, at the same time that it is propounded to us as an article of faith solely, we are told that "the very angels have desired to pry into it in vain"? — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Most of us are aware of and pretend to detest the barefaced instances of that hypocrisy by which men deceive others, but few of us are upon our guard or see that more fatal hypocrisy by which we deceive and over-reach our own hearts. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Hedda Sterne

I have a feeling that in art the need to understand and the need to communicate are one. — Hedda Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Jonathan Sterne

If there is such a thing as media theory, there should also be format theory. Writers have too often collapsed discussions of format into their analyses of what is important about a given medium. Format denotes a whole range of decisions that affect the look, feel, experience, and workings of a medium. It — Jonathan Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Hedda Sterne

Artists were always referred to as great artists. I thought that's what the profession was. One word: great-artist. There wasn't one moment in my life when I thought I wanted to be anything else. — Hedda Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

So much of motion, is so much of life, and so much of joy, and to stand still, or get on but slowly, is death and the devil. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Probably Providence has implanted peevishness and ill-temper in sick and old persons, in compassion to the friends or relations who are to survive; as it must naturally lessen the concern they might otherwise feel for their loss. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

To saya man is fallen in love,or that he is deeply in love,or up to the ears in love,and sometimes even over head and ears in it,carries an idiomatical kind of implication, that love is a thing below a man:this is recurring again to Plato's opinion, which, with all his divinityship,I hold to be damnable and heretical:and so much for that. Let love therefore be what it will,my uncleToby fell into it. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Keyholes are the occasions of more sin and wickedness, than all other holes in this world put together. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

When the heart flies out before the understanding, it saves the judgment a world of pains. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

So that 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; and his probation in it, precisely that of any other man militant upon earth,
both depending alike, not half so much upon the degrees of his WIT
as his RESISTANCE. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Button-holes! there is something lively in the very idea of 'em - and trust me, when I get amongst 'em - you gentry with great beards - look as grave as you will - I'll make merry work with my button-holes - I shall have 'em all to myself - 'tis a maiden subject - I shall run foul of no man's wisdom or fine sayings in it. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Whatever stress some may lay upon it, a death-bed repentance is but a weak and slender plank to trust our all on. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

A coward never forgives. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

I begin with writing the first
sentence - and trusting to Almighty
God for the second. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

The loneliness is the mother of wisdom. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Human nature is the same in all professions. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Heat is in proportion to the want of true knowledge. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Time wastes too fast : every letter I trace tells me with what rapidity Life follows my pen ; the days and hours of it, more precious, my dear Jenny! than the rubies about thy neck, are flying over our heads like light clouds of a windy day, never to return more -- every thing presses on -- whilst thou are twisting that lock, -- see! it grows grey ; and every time I kiss thy hand to bid adieu, and every absence which follows it, are preludes to that eternal separation which we are shortly to make! — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Go, poor devil, get thee gone! Why should I hurt thee? This world surely is wide enough to hold both thee and me. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Surely, 'tis one step towards acting well, to think worthily of our nature; and as in common life, the way to make a man honest, is, to suppose him soso here, to set some value upon ourselves, enables us to support the characterof generosity and virtue. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Was all uniformity; - he was systematical, and, like all systematic reasoners, he would move both heaven and earth, and twist and torture every thing in nature to support his hypothesis. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

When, to gratify a private appetite, it is once resolved upon that an ignorant and helpless creature shall be sacrificed, it is an easy matter to pick up sticks enough from any thicket where it has strayed, to make a fire to offer it up with. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

I'll not hurt thee, says Uncle Toby, rising with the fly in his hand. Go, he says, opening the window to let it escape. Why should I hurt thee? This world is surely wide enough to hold both thee and me. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Now - Ten thousand, and ten thousand times ten thousand (for matter and motion are infinite) are the ways by which a hat may be dropped upon the ground, without any effect. - Had he flung it, or thrown it, or cast it, or skimmed it, or squirted, or let it slip or fall in any possible direction under heaven, - or in the best direction that could be given to it, - had he dropped it like a goose - like a puppy - like an ass - or in doing it, or even after he had done, had he looked like a fool, - like a ninny - like a nicompoop - it had fail'd, and the effect upon the heart had been lost. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Dear sensibility! Source inexhausted of all that's precious in our joys, or costly in our sorrows! Eternal fountain of our feelings! 'tis here I trace thee and this is thy divinity which stirs within me ... All comes from thee, great-great SENSORIUM of the world! — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Vanity bids all her sons be brave, and all her daughters chaste and courteous. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Patience cannot remove, but it can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

The most affluent may be stripped of all, and find his worldly comforts, like so many withered leaves, dropping from him. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Frederick William Robertson

I read hard, or not at all; never skimming, never turning aside to merely inciting books; and Plato, Aristotle, Butler, Thucydides, Sterne, Jonathan Edwards, have passed like the iron atoms of the blood into my mental constitution. — Frederick William Robertson

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

I like subordination, quoth my uncle Toby... — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

The cast, staff, and crew of a live theater work together toward a common goal: a good performance. Thus, theater is necessarily a group effort. However, it is never a group effort of vague fellow committee members, but of associated autocrats-a playwright, a producer, a director, a stage manager, designers, and, above all, actors. Each accommodates the others, and may overlap others in function when necessary. But each autocrat assumes distinct responsibilities and accepts them completely. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

The best friends in the world may differ sometimes. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Beauty has so many charms, one knows not how to speak against it; and when it happens that a graceful figure is the habitation of a virtuous soul, when the beauty of the face speaks out the modesty and humility of the mind, and the justness of the proportion raises our thoughts up to the heart and wisdom of the great Creator, something may be allowed it,
and something to the embellishments which set it off; and yet, when the whole apology is read, it will be found at last that beauty, like truth, never is so glorious as when it goes the plainest. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

There is no definitive list of the duties of a stage manager that is applicable to all theaters and staging environments. Regardless of specific duties, however, the stage manager is the individual who accepts responsibility for the smooth running of rehearsals and performances, on stage and backstage. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

- all I can say of the matter, is - That he has either a pumkin for his head - or a pippin for his heart, - and whenever he is dissected 'twill be found so. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

And future deeds crowded round us as the countless stars in the night.
[Ger., Und kunftige Thaten drangen wie die Sterne
Rings um uns her unzahlig aus der Nacht.] — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

And what of this new book the whole world makes such a rout about?
Oh ! 'tis out of all plumb, my lord,
quite an irregular thing! — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Now don't let us give ourselves a parcel of airs, and pretend that the oaths we make free with in this land of liberty of ours are our own; and because we have the spirit to swear them, - imagine that we have had the wit to invent them too. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

When the affections so kindly break loose, Joy, is another name for Religion. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Death opens the gate of fame, and shuts the gate of envy after it; it unlooses the chain of the captive, and puts the bondsman's task into another man's hand. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

There is one sweet lenitive at least for evils, which nature holds out; so I took it kindly at her hands, and fell asleep. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

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; had they duly considered how much depended upon what they were then doing; that not only the production of a rational Being was concerned in it, but that possibly the happy formation and temperature of his body, perhaps his genius and the very cast of his mind;-and, for aught they knew to the contrary, even the fortunes of his whole house might take their turn from the humours and dispositions which were then uppermost: Had they duly weighed and considered all this, and proceeded accordingly, I am verily persuaded I should have made a quite different figure in the world, from that, in which the reader is likely to see me. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Simplicity is the great friend to nature, and if I would be proud of anything in this silly world, it should be of this honest alliance. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Titles of honor are like the impressions on coins, which add no value to gold or silver, but only render brass current. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Plutarch has a fine expression, with regard to some woman of learning, humility, and virtue;
that her ornaments were such as might be purchased without money, and would render any woman's life both glorious and happy. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

It appears an extraordinary thing to me, that since there is such a diabolical spirit in the depravity of human nature, as persecution for difference of opinion in religious tenets, there never happened to be any inquisition, any auto da fe, any crusade, among the Pagans. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Some people pass through life soberly and religiously enough, without knowing way, or reasoning about it, but, from force of habit merely, go to heaven like fools. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

It is sweet to feel by what fine spun threads our affections are drawn together. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

True Shandeism, think what you will against it, opens the heart and lungs, and like all those affections which partake of its nature, it forces the blood and other vital fluids of the body to run freely thro' its channels, and makes the wheel of life run long and chearfully round. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

What persons are by starts they are by nature. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

When my way is too rough for my feet, or too steep for my strength, I get off it to some smooth velvet path which fancy has scattered over with rosebuds of delights; and, having taken a few turns in it, come back strengthened and refreshed. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

- My brother Toby, quoth she, is going to be married to Mrs. Wadman.
- Then he will never, quoth my father, be able to lie diagonally in his bed again as long as he lives. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

O blessed Health! thou art above all gold and treasure; 'tis thou who enlargest the soul, and openest all its powers to receive instruction, and to relish virtue. He that has thee has little more to wish for, and he that is so wretched as to want thee, wants everything with thee. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

"They order," said I, "this matter better in France." — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

I define a nose, as follows, - intreating only beforehand, and beseeching my readers, both male and female, of what age, complexion, and condition soever, for the love of God and their own souls, to guard against the temptations and suggestions of the devil, and suffer him by no art or wile to put any other ideas into their minds, than what I put into my definition. - For by the word Nose, throughout all this long chapter of noses, and in every other part of my work, where the word Nose occurs, - I declare, by that word I mean a Nose, and nothing more, or less. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Do you understand the theory of that affair? replied my father.
Not I, quoth my uncle.
- But you have some ideas, said my father, of what you talk about.
No more than my horse, replied my uncle Toby. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a class whose value I should designate as Favorites: such as Froissart's Chronicles; Southey's Chronicle of the Cid ; Cervantes ; Sully's Memoirs ; Rabelais ; Montaigne ; Izaak Walton; Evelyn; Sir Thomas Browne; Aubrey ; Sterne ; Horace Walpole ; Lord Clarendon ; Doctor Johnson ; Burke, shedding floods of light on his times ; Lamb; Landor ; and De Quincey ;- a list, of course, that may easily be swelled, as dependent on individual caprice. Many men are as tender and irritable as lovers in reference to these predilections. Indeed, a man's library is a sort of harem, and I observe that tender readers have a great pudency in showing their books to a stranger. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

The truth and regularity of a character is not, in justice, to be looked upon as broken, from any one single act or omission which may seem a contradiction to it:Mthe best of men appear sometimes to be strange compounds of contradictory qualities. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

The director is responsible for interpreting the playwright's work through the cast with the help of the staff. It is the director's artistic concept of the play that the cast, staff, and crew work to obtain. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Certainly it was ordained as a scourge upon the pride of human wisdom, that the wisest of us all, should thus outwit ourselves, and eternally forego our purposes in the intemperate act of pursuing them. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

We are born to trouble; and we may depend upon it, whilst we live in this world, we shall have it, though with intermissions. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

If time, like money, could be laid by while one was not using it, there might be some excuse for the idleness of half of the world, but yet not a full one. For even this would be such an economy as the living on a principal sum, without making it purchase interest. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

When the precipitancy of a man's wishes hurries on his ideas ninety times faster than the vehicle he rides in
woe be to truth! — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

Learning is the dictionary, but sense the grammar of science. — Laurence Sterne

Sterne Quotes By Alexander Theroux

If on a friend's bookshelf
You cannot find Joyce or Sterne
Cervantes, Rabelais, or Burton,
You are in danger, face the fact,
So kick him first or punch him hard
And from him hide behind a curtain. — Alexander Theroux

Sterne Quotes By Laurence Sterne

I once asked a hermit in Italy how he could venture to live alone, in a single cottage, on the top of a mountain, a mile from any habitation? He replied, that Providence was his next-door neighbor. — Laurence Sterne