Quotation by Laurence Sterne

When a poor disconsolated drooping creature is terrified from all enjoyment,—prays without ceasing 'till his imagination is heated,—fasts and mortifies and mopes, till his body is in as bad a plight as his mind; is it a wonder, that the mechanical disturbances ... of an empty belly, interpreted by an empty head, should be mistook for [the] workings [of God].
Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author, clergyman. Sermons, sermon 25, "Humility" (1766), ed. Melvyn New, University Press of Florida (1996).

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