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 :: 1775-1834, British Essayist, Critic

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Presents, I often say, endear absents.
~ Charles Lamb - [Gifts]

 

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Riches are chiefly good because they give us time.
~ Charles Lamb - [Riches]

 

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Separate from the pleasure of your company, I don't much care if I never see another mountain in my life.
~ Charles Lamb - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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The beggar is the only person in the universe not obliged to study appearance.
~ Charles Lamb - [Appearance]

 

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The beggar wears all colors fearing none.
~ Charles Lamb - [Fashion]

 

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The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
~ Charles Lamb - [Deeds and Good Deeds]

 

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The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street.
~ Charles Lamb - [Journalism and Journalists]

 

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The red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days.
~ Charles Lamb - [Festivals]

 

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The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth.
~ Charles Lamb - [Truth]

 

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The vices of some men are magnificent.
~ Charles Lamb - [Vice]

 

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To be sick is to enjoy monarchical prerogatives.
~ Charles Lamb - [Illness]

 

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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 - [Association]

 

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Were I Diogenes, I would not move out of a kilderkin into a hogshead, though the first had had nothing but small beer in it, and the second reeked claret.
~ Charles Lamb - [Home]

 

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When I consider how little of a rarity children are -- that every street and blind alley swarms with them -- that the poorest people commonly have them in most abundance -- that there are few marriages that are not blest with at least one of these bargains -- how often they turn out ill, and defeat the fond hopes of their parents, taking to vicious courses, which end in poverty, disgrace, the gallows, etc. -- I cannot for my life tell what cause for pride there can possibly be in having them.
~ Charles Lamb - [Children]

 

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Why are we never quite at ease in the presence of a schoolmaster? Because we are conscious that he is not quite at his ease in ours. He is awkward, and out of place in the society of his equals. He comes like Gulliver from among his little people, and he cannot fit the stature of his understanding to yours.
~ Charles Lamb - [Teachers and Teaching]

 

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