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Quotation by Laurence Sterne
How many thousands of [lives] are there every year that comes cast away, (in all civilized countries at least)—and consider'd as nothing but common air, in competition of an hypothesis.
Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 1, ch. 21, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).
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