A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne

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Title

A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne

Subject

A quote relating to the manners and attitude of men during the 18th Century.

Description

Part of the point of Yorick's narrative is to contrast his benevolent attitude towards man with the attitudes expressed in the more spleen-oriented, irritable travel narratives of his contemporaries. This welcoming attitude is also what gives the novel its sentimental focus as well, for Yorick is concerned with openness, kindness, and amiability. He hopes that this behavior will be reflected in those he meets, and that his example will foster good behavior on a broad scale. The narratives he recounts -- the man distressed over his dead ass, the townspeople who watch a play and emulate its virtues -- combine with pronouncements such as this one to reveal his warm disposition. Indeed, Yorick believes that he can spread a general warmth of disposition in the world.

Creator

Laurence Sterne

Source

A Sentimental Journey

Date

1768

Contributor

Aryaan Mehra

Format

Quote from a novel

Language

English

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Text

When man is at peace with man, how much lighter than a feather is the heaviest of metals in his hand!

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Quote from 'A Sentimental Journey'

Citation

Laurence Sterne, “A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne,” Enlightenmens, accessed August 9, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/741.

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