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One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct.

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Laurence Sterne (November 24, 1713 March 18, 1768) was an Anglo-Irish novelist and clergyman. He is best known for his novels The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy; but he also published sermons, wrote memoirs, and was involved in local politics. Sterne died in London after years of fighting tuberculosis.

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