Charles Lamb

(10 February 1775 – 27 December 1834 / London)

Charles Lamb Quotes

  • ''Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.''
    Charles Lamb (1775-1834), British essayist and critic. Essays of Elia, Witches and other Night Fears (1823).
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  • ''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).
  • ''A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of impertinent correspondency, an odious approximation, a haunting conscience, a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noon-tide of our prosperity.... He is known by his knock.''
    Charles Lamb (1775-1834), British essayist, critic. Last Essays of Elia, "Poor Relations," (1833). Opening lines of essay.
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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Best Poem of Charles Lamb

Blindness

In a stage-coach, where late I chanced to be,
A little quiet girl my notice caught;
I saw she looked at nothing by the way,
Her mind seemed busy on some childish thought.


I with an old man's courtesy addressed
The child, and called her pretty dark-eyed maid,
And bid her turn those pretty eyes and see
The wide extended prospect. 'Sir,' she said,


'I cannot see the prospect, I am blind.'
Never did tongue of child utter a sound
So mournful, as her words fell on my ear.
Her mother then related how she found


Her child was sightless. On a ...

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As When A Child...

As when a child on some long winter's night
Affrighted clinging to its Grandam's knees
With eager wond'ring and perturbed delight
Listens strange tales of fearful dark decrees
Muttered to wretch by necromantic spell;
Or of those hags, who at the witching time
Of murky midnight ride the air sublime,
And mingle foul embrace with fiends of Hell:
Cold Horror drinks its blood! Anon the tear

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