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Quotation by Laurence Sterne
The common consolation which some good christian or other, is hourly administering to himself,—that he thanks God his mind does not misgive him; and that, consequently, he has a good conscience, because he has a quiet one,—is fallacious.
Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 2, ch. 17, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).
From his previously published "Abuses of Conscience" sermon (1750), read by Corporal Trim to the Shandy family.
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