Quotation by Laurence Sterne

God, for wise reasons, has made our affairs in this world, almost as fickle and capricious as ourselves.—Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other; and he that knows how to accommodate himself to their periodical returns, and can wisely extract the good from the evil,—knows only how to live.
Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author, clergyman. Sermons, sermon 15, "Job's expostulation with his wife" (1760), ed. Melvyn New, University Press of Florida (1996).
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