Quotation by Laurence Sterne

Avoid all kinds of pleasantry and facetiousness in thy discourse with her, and ... suffer her not to look into Rabelais, or Scarron, or Don Quixote—
MThey are all books which excite laughter; and ... there is no passion so serious, as lust.
Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1765), vol. 8, ch. 34, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).

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