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Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb was an English essayist, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced along with his sister, Mary Lamb.
Found 59 thoughts of Charles Lamb

New Year's Day is every man's birthday.

Charles Lamb

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.

Charles Lamb

'Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.

Charles Lamb

I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is.

Charles Lamb

Presents, I often say, endear absents.

Charles Lamb

Separate from the pleasure of your company, I don't much care if I never see another mountain in my life.

Charles Lamb

Why are we never quite at ease in the presence of a schoolmaster? Because we are conscious that he is not quite at his ease in ours. He is awkward, and out of place in the society of his equals. He comes like Gulliver from among his little people, and he cannot fit the stature of his understanding to yours.

Charles Lamb

What is reading, but silent conversation.

Charles Lamb

Don't introduce me to that man! I want to go on hating him, and I can't hate a man whom I know.

Charles Lamb

Nothing to me is more distasteful than that entire complacency and satisfaction which beam in the countenances of a newly married couple.

Charles Lamb

I mean your borrowers of books - those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.

Charles Lamb

My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.

Charles Lamb

It is good to love the unknown.

Charles Lamb

Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.

Charles Lamb

I have passed all my days in London, until I have formed as many and intense local attachments as any of you mountaineers can have done with dead nature.

Charles Lamb

Anything awful makes me laugh. I misbehaved once at a funeral.

Charles Lamb

The beggar is the only person in the universe not obliged to study appearance.

Charles Lamb

Sentimentally I am disposed to harmony; but organically I am incapable of a tune.

Charles Lamb

To be sick is to enjoy monarchical prerogatives.

Charles Lamb

Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.

Charles Lamb

The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.

Charles Lamb

The greatest joy I know is to do a good action by stealth, and have it found by accident.

Charles Lamb

The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth.

Charles Lamb

A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.

Charles Lamb

For thy sake, tobacco, I would do anything but die.

Charles Lamb
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