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 :: 1775-1834, British Essayist, Critic

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'Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.
~ Charles Lamb - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.
~ Charles Lamb - [Laughter]

 

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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.
~ Charles Lamb - [Family]

 

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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.
~ Charles Lamb - [Puns]

 

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Borrowers of books --those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.
~ Charles Lamb - [Books and Reading]

 

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Boys are capital fellows in their own way, among their mates; but they are unwholesome companions for grown people.
~ Charles Lamb - [Boys]

 

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Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.
~ Charles Lamb - [Cards]

 

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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.
~ Charles Lamb - [Attitude]

 

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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.
~ Charles Lamb - [Reputation]

 

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He has left off reading altogether, to the great improvement of his originality.
~ Charles Lamb - [Books and Reading]

 

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He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.
~ Charles Lamb - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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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,
~ Charles Lamb - [Selfishness]

 

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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.
~ Charles Lamb - [Books and Reading]

 

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In everything that relates to science, I am a whole Encyclopaedia behind the rest of the world.
~ Charles Lamb - [Science and Scientists]

 

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Lawyers I suppose were children once.
~ Charles Lamb - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.
~ Charles Lamb - [Competition]

 

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My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.
~ Charles Lamb - [Contentment]

 

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Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever puts one down without the feeling of disappointment.
~ Charles Lamb - [Newspapers]

 

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Nothing puzzles me more than time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less, as I never think about them.
~ Charles Lamb - [Cosmos]

 

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Pain is life -- the sharper, the more evidence of life.
~ Charles Lamb - [Pain]

 

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