Quotation by Laurence Sterne

The truth and regularity of a character is not, in justice, to be looked upon as broken, from any one single act or omission which may seem a contradiction to it:Mthe best of men appear sometimes to be strange compounds of contradictory qualities.
Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author, clergyman. Sermons, sermon 31, "St. Peter's character" (1769), ed. Melvyn New, University Press of Florida (1996).
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