Charles Lamb

English essayist (1775-1834)

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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.
Borrowers of books --those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.
Boys are capital fellows in their own way, among their mates but they are unwholesome companions for grown people.
Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.
Don't introduce me to that man! I want to go on hating him, and I can't hate a man whom I know.
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.
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,
I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is.
I mean your borrowers of books - those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.
Lawers, I suppose, were children once.
Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.
My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.
Nothing to me is more distasteful than that entire complacency and satisfaction which beam in the countenances of a newly married couple.
Separate from the pleasure of your company, I don't much care if I never see another mountain in my life.
The beggar wears all colors fearing none.
The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
The red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days.
The vices of some men are magnificent.
Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.

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