Top Quotes from Charles Lamb

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

Charles Lamb

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.

Charles Lamb

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

Charles Lamb

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

Charles Lamb

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.

Charles Lamb

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

Charles Lamb

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

Charles Lamb

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.

Charles Lamb

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

Charles Lamb

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

Charles Lamb

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

Charles Lamb

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.

Charles Lamb

To be sick is to enjoy monarchical prerogatives.

Charles Lamb

Let us live for the beauty of our own reality.

Charles Lamb

What is reading, but silent conversation.

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The beggar wears all colors fearing none.

Charles Lamb

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

Charles Lamb

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.

Charles Lamb

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.

Charles Lamb

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.

Charles Lamb

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

Charles Lamb

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

Charles Lamb

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

Charles Lamb

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

Charles Lamb

Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts.

Charles Lamb

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

Charles Lamb

Pain is life – the sharper, the more evidence of life.

Charles Lamb

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

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It is good to love the unknown.

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

Charles Lamb

He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.

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Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.

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

Charles Lamb

She unbent her mind afterwards – over a book.

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

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

Charles Lamb

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

Charles Lamb

A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.

Charles Lamb

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

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Riches are chiefly good because they give us time.

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

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I could never hate anyone I knew.

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

Charles Lamb

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

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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.

Charles Lamb

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.

Charles Lamb