Quotation by Laurence Sterne

If the heart beguiles itself in its choice [of a wife], and imagination will give excellencies which are not the portion of flesh and blood:Mwhen the dream is over, and we awake in the morning, it matters little whether 'tis Rachael or Leah,—be the object what it will, as it must be on the earthly side ... of perfection,—it will fall short of the work of fancy, whose existence is in the clouds.
Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author, clergyman. Sermons, sermon 22, "The history of Jacob" (1766), ed. Melvyn New, University Press of Florida (1996).
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