Quotation by Laurence Sterne

I guard this box, as I would the instrumental parts of my religion, to help my mind on to something better.
Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "The Snuff Box. Calais." Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967).

Yorick's comment on the exchange of snuff-boxes with a monk of Calais, a scene central to the sentimental "cult of Sterne" in early 19th-century Germany and France.
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