Quotation by Laurence Sterne

Of all the riddles of a married life, said my father ... there is not one that has more intricacies in it than this—that from the very moment the mistress of the house is brought to [child]bed, every female in it ... becomes an inch taller for it....
I think rather, replied my uncle Toby, that 'tis we who sink an inch lower.
Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1761), vol. 4, ch. 12, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).
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