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).
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).