Quotations From CHARLES LAMB

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  • In everything that relates to science, I am a whole Encyclopaedia behind the rest of the world.
    Charles Lamb (1775-1834), British essayist, critic. The Essays of Elia, "The Old and the New Schoolmaster," (1820-1823).

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  • Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment.
    Charles Lamb (1775-1834), British essayist, critic. The Last Essays of Elia, "Detached Thoughts on Books and Reading," (1833).
  • The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth.
    Charles Lamb (1775-1834), British essayist, critic. "Stage Illusion," The Last Essays of Elia (1833).

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  • The red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days.
    Charles Lamb (1775-1834), British essayist, critic. "Oxford in the Vacation," Essays of Elia (1820-1823).

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  • But cards are war, in disguise of a sport.
    Charles Lamb (1775-1834), British essayist, critic. "Mrs. Battle's Opinions on Whist," Essays of Elia (1820-1823).

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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 (1775-1834), British essayist, critic. letter, Jan. 2, 1810, to Thomas Manning. Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb, vol. 3, ed. E.W. Marrs (1978).

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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 (1775-1834), British essayist, critic. Last Essays of Elia, "Popular Fallacies: That the Worst Puns are the Best," (1833).
  • The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street.
    Charles Lamb (1775-1834), British essayist, critic. letter, Feb. 15, 1802, to Thomas Manning. Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb, vol. 2, ed. E.W. Marrs (1976).
  • I have been trying all my life to like Scotchmen, and am obliged to desist from the experiment in despair.
    Charles Lamb (1775-1834), British essayist, critic. "Imperfect Sympathies," The Essays of Elia (1820-1823).

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  • He has left off reading altogether, to the great improvement of his originality.
    Charles Lamb (1775-1834), British essayist, critic. "Detached Thoughts on Books and Reading," The Last Essays of Elia (1833).
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