[I have] been in love with one princess or another almost all my life, and I hope I shall go on so, till I die, being firmly persuaded, that if ever I do a mean action, it must be in some interval betwixt one passion and another.
Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "Montriul," ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr. University of California Press (1967).