Charles Lamb Top 10 Quotes


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 (Letter to John Chambers, 1818)


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)


Any thing awful makes me laugh. I misbehaved once at a funeral.

Charles Lamb (Letter to Southey, 1815)


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

Charles Lamb


It is good to love the unknown.

Charles Lamb (Essays of Elia, 1823)


We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves; we encourage each other in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.

Charles Lamb (Letter to Mr. Coleridge)


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

Charles Lamb (Letter to Mr. Coleridge, 1797)


Let us live for the beauty of our own reality.

Charles Lamb


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

Charles Lamb (Letter to Bernard Barton, 1824)


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

Charles Lamb (Letter to Mr. Wordsworth)

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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."

Notable Works

Tales from Shakespeare (1807)
Essays of Elia (1823)
The Last Essays of Elia (1833)

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