Charles Lamb Quotes and Quotations
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.
Books think for me.
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.
Man is a gaming animal. He must be always trying to get the better in something or other.
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!
Sentimentally I am disposed to harmony; but organically I am incapable of a tune.
We all have some taste or other, of too ancient a date to admit of our remembering that it was an acquired one.
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.
'Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.
Riches are chiefly good because they give us time.
The most mortifying infirmity in human nature ... is, perhaps, cowardice.
If dirt was trumps, what hands you would hold!
Man is a gaming animal.
In the Negro countenance you will often meet with strong traits of benignity. I have felt yearnings of tenderness towards some of these faces.
I never knew an enemy to puns who was not an ill-natured man.
He might have proved a useful adjunct, if not an ornament to society.
Neat, not gaudy.
For thy sake, tobacco, I Would do anything but die.