Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb (10 February 1775 – 27 December 1834) was an English essayist, poet, and antiquarian, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, co-authored with his sister, Mary Lamb (1764–1847).

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

What is reading but silent conversation.

I could never hate anyone I knew.

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

Nothing puzzles me more than the time and space, and yet nothing troubles me less.

She unbent her mind afterwards - over a book.

A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us that we know the topography of its blots, and dog's ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins.

A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit. It is a pistol let off at the ear, not a feather to tickle the intellect.

It is good to love the unknown.

The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive - you are leaking.

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

The human species according to the best theory I can form of it is composed of two distinct races the men who borrow and the men who lend.

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

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

I always arrive late at the office but I make up for it by leaving early.

I love to lose myself in other men's minds.

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

My theory is to enjoy life but the practice is against it.

Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever puts one down without the feeling of disappointment.

Shakespeare is one of the last books one should like to give up perhaps the one just before the Dying Service in a large Prayer book.

A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.

The red-letter days now become to all intents and purposes dead-letter days.

We grow gray in our spirit long before we grow gray in our hair.

Let us live for the beauty of our own reality.

Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.

Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts.

The measure of choosing well is whether a man likes and finds good in what he has chosen.

The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy who can be dull in Fleet Street.

Some people have a knack of putting upon you gifts of no real value to engage you to substantial gratitude. We thank them for nothing.

Riches are chiefly good because they give us time.

Cards are war in disguise of a sport.

For thy sake tobacco I would do anything but die.

To be sick is to enjoy monarchical prerogatives.

Clap an extinguisher upon your irony if you are unhappily blessed with a vein of it.

The beggar wears all colors fearing none.

Boys are capital fellows in their own way among their mates, but they are unwholesome companions for grown people.

Lawyers I suppose were children once.

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

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

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

We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.

I'd like to grow very old as slowly as possible.

Pain is life - the sharper the more evidence of life.

He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.

I have had playmates I have had companions, In my days of childhood in my joyful school days - All all are gone the old familiar faces.