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A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.
Charles Lamb
He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.
Charles Lamb (Letter to Mr. Rogers, 1833)
We grow gray in our spirit long before we grow gray in our hair
Charles Lamb. (attributed)
My theory is to enjoy life, but the practice is against it.
Charles Lamb (Letter to Mr. Wordsworth, 1822)
Riches are chiefly good, because they give us time.
Charles Lamb (Letter to Bernard Barton, 1822)
My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.
Charles Lamb (Letter to Mr. Wordsworth)
Let us live for the beauty of our own reality.
Charles Lamb
I have not a thing to say; nothing is of more importance than another.
Charles Lamb (Letter to Bernard Barton, 1824)
Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.
Charles Lamb (Essays of Elia, 1823)
How sickness enlarges the dimensions of a man's self to himself.
Charles Lamb (Last Essays of Elia, 1833)
I love to lose myself in other men's minds... Books think for me.
Charles Lamb (Essays of Elia, 1823)
The good things of life are not to be had singly, but come to us with a mixture.
Charles Lamb (Last Essays of Elia, 1833)
It is good to love the unknown.
Charles Lamb (Essays of Elia, 1823)
Gone before, to that unknown and silent shore.
Charles Lamb (Hester, 1803)
She unbent her mind afterwards, over a book.
Charles Lamb (Essays of Elia, 1823)
Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.
Charles Lamb (Essays of Elia, 1823)
Sentimentally I am disposed to harmony; but organically I am incapable of a tune.
Charles Lamb (Essays of Elia, 1823)
For thy sake, tobacco, I would do anything but die.
Charles Lamb (A Farewell to Tobacco, 1805)
Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.
Charles Lamb (Essays of Elia, 1823)
The red-letter days now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days.
Charles Lamb (Essays of Elia, 1823)
Pain is life - the sharper, the more evidence of life.
Charles Lamb (Letter to Bernard Barton, 1824)
Any thing awful makes me laugh. I misbehaved once at a funeral.
Charles Lamb (Letter to Southey, 1815)
Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.
Charles Lamb (Letter to Mr. Coleridge, 1797)
Cultivate simplicity or rather should I say banish elaborateness, for simplicity springs spontaneous from the heart.
Charles Lamb (Letter to Mr. Coleridge, 1790)
Your absence of mind we have borne, till your presence of body came to be called in question by it.
Charles Lamb (Essays of Elia, 1823)
In every thing that relates to science, I am a whole Encyclopaedia behind the rest of the world.
Charles Lamb (Essays of Elia, 1823)
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 (Last Essays of Elia, 1833)
Not many sounds in life, and I include all urban and all rural sounds, exceed in interest a knock at the door.
Charles Lamb (Essays of Elia, 1823)
We love to read, talk, sit silent, eat, drink, sleep, by candle-light. They are everybody's sun and moon.
Charles Lamb (Essays of Elia, 1823)
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 (Essays of Elia, 1823)
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Charles Lamb Biography

Born: February 10, 1775
Died: December 27, 1834

Charles Lamb was an English essayist and poet. He is best known for his collections of essays, "Essays of Elia" and for the children's book "Tales from Shakespeare."

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What is reading, but silent conversation..
Walter Savage Landor in "Imaginary Conversations, 1891"