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We do not go (to the theatre) like our ancestors, to escape from the pressure of reality, so much as to confirm our experience of it.
Nothing puzzles me more than time and space; yet nothing troubles me less.
- Charles Lamb | Anxiety and Worry Quotes
Books think for me.
- Charles Lamb | Books and Reading Quotes
I have been trying all my life to like Scotchmen, and am obliged to desist from the experiment in despair.
Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.
The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
New Year's Day is every man's birthday.
- Charles Lamb | Happiness Quotes
Man is a gaming animal. He must be always trying to get the better in something or other.
- Charles Lamb | Homo Sapiens Quotes
The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth.
Anything awful makes me laugh. I misbehaved once at a funeral.
To be sick is to enjoy monarchal prerogatives.
I have sat through an Italian opera, til, for sheer pain, and inexplicable anguish, I have rushed out into the noisiest places of the crowded street, to solace myself with sounds which I was not obliged to follow and get rid of the distracting torment of endless, fruitless, barren attention!
- Charles Lamb | Music Quotes
Sentimentally I am disposed to harmony; but organically I am incapable of a tune.
- Charles Lamb | Music Quotes
We all have some taste or other, of too ancient a date to admit of our remembering that it was an acquired one.
- Charles Lamb | Taste Quotes
The only true time which a man can properly call his own, is that which he has all to himself; the rest, though in some sense he may be said to live it, is other people's time, not his.
- Charles Lamb | Time Quotes
'Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.
- Charles Lamb | Friendship Quotes
Riches are chiefly good because they give us time.
- Charles Lamb | One Day Quotes
The most mortifying infirmity in human nature ... is, perhaps, cowardice.
- Charles Lamb | Courage Quotes
If dirt was trumps, what hands you would hold!
- Charles Lamb | Cleanliness Quotes
Man is a gaming animal.
- Charles Lamb | Gambling Quotes
In the Negro countenance you will often meet with strong traits of benignity. I have felt yearnings of tenderness towards some of these faces.
- Charles Lamb | Negroes Quotes
I never knew an enemy to puns who was not an ill-natured man.
- Charles Lamb | Pun Quotes
He might have proved a useful adjunct, if not an ornament to society.
- Charles Lamb | Society Quotes
Neat, not gaudy.
- Charles Lamb | Style Quotes
For thy sake, tobacco, I Would do anything but die.
- Charles Lamb | Tobacco Quotes


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