Quotation by Laurence Sterne

I am this month one whole year older than I was this time twelve-month; and having got ... almost into the middle of my fourth volume—and no farther than to my first day's life—'tis demonstrative that I have three hundred and sixty-four days more life to write just now, than when I first set out ... write as I will ... I shall never overtake myself.... At the worst I shall have one day the start of my pen—and one day is enough for two volumes—and two volumes will be enough for one year.
Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1761), vol. 4, ch. 13, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).
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