Laurence Sterne Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old laurence sterne quotes, laurence sterne sayings, and laurence sterne proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.     

Laurence Sterne

A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything.     

Laurence Sterne

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

Laurence Sterne

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

Laurence Sterne

Human nature is the same in all professions.     

Laurence Sterne

Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.     

Laurence Sterne

The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it.     

Laurence Sterne

Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.     

Laurence Sterne

A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything.     

Laurence Sterne

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

Laurence Sterne

An injury unanswered, in time grows weary of itself and dies away in voluntary remorse. In bad dispositions, capable of no restraint but fear, it has a different effect; the silent digestion of one wrong provokes a second.     

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

Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.     

Laurence Sterne

A man cannot dress, but his ideas get cloath'd at the same time.     

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

The best hearts are ever the bravest.     

Laurence Sterne

There is nothing so awkward as courting a woman whilst she is making sausages.     

Laurence Sterne

Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood.     

Laurence Sterne

The more tickets you have in a lottery, the worse your chance. And it is the same of virtues, in the lottery of life.     

Laurence Sterne

For every ten jokes you acquire a hundred enemies.     

Laurence Sterne

An atheist is more reclaimable than a papist, as ignorance is sooner cured than superstition.     

Laurence Sterne

To say a 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.     

Laurence Sterne

Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.     

Laurence Sterne

If a man has a right to be proud of anything, it is of a good action done as it ought to be, without any base interest lurking at the bottom of it.     

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