Charles Lamb Quotes

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).
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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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A flow'ret crushed in the bud, A nameless piece of Babyhood, Was in her cradle-coffin lying; Extinct, with scarce the sense of dying:
Charles Lamb (1775-1834), British poet. On an Infant Dying as Soon as Born (l. 3-6). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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Why should kings and nobles have Pictured trophies to their grave, And we, churls, to thee deny Thy pretty toys with thee to lie— A more harmless vanity?
Charles Lamb (1775-1834), British poet. On an Infant Dying as Soon as Born (l. 60-64). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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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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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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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).
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