Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb

English essayist

Lived from: 1775-1834

Quotes: Charles Lamb

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    Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts.
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    'Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.
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    A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.
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    A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of impertinent correspondence, an odious approximation, a haunting conscience, a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noon-tide of our prosperity. He is known by his knock.
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    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.
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    Borrowers of books - those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.
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    Boys are capital fellows in their own way, among their mates; but they are unwholesome companions for grown people.
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    Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.
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    Don't introduce me to that man! I want to go on hating him, and I can't hate a man whom I know.
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    For God's sake (I never was more serious) don't make me ridiculous any more by terming me gentle-hearted in print... substitute drunken dog, ragged head, seld-shaven, odd-eyed, stuttering, or any other epithet which truly and properly belongs to the gentleman in question.
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    He has left off reading altogether, to the great improvement of his originality.
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    He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.
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    How a sickness enlarges the dimensions of a man's self to himself! He is his own exclusive object. Supreme selfishness is inculcated in him as his only duty,
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    I love to lose myself in other men's minds. When I am not walking, I am reading. I cannot sit and think; books think for me.
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    In everything that relates to science, I am a whole Encyclopaedia behind the rest of the world.
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