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Charles Lamb Quotes


An English essayist, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare.
(1775 - 1834)

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

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 laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.
[Laughter]
 

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.
 

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

Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts.
 

Ballads are the vocal portraits of the national mind.
 

Books think for me.
 

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

Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.
 

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

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

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

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

Hail to thy returning festival, old Bishop Valentine! Great is thy name in the rubric. Like unto thee, assuredly, there is no other mitred father in the calendar.
 

He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.
 

He might have proved a useful adjunct, if not an ornament to society.
[Society]
 

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

How often the spell of beauty is rudely broken by coarse, loud talking! How often you are irresistibly drawn to a plain, unassuming woman, whose soft, silvery tones render her positively attractive. In the social circle how pleasant it is to hear a woman talk in that low key which always characterizes the true lady. In the sanctuary of home how such a voice soothes the fretful child and cheers the weary husband!
[Voice]
 

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


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