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Charles Lamb (1775 – 1834)


English essayist and poet, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced along with his sister, Mary Lamb.
Charles Lamb
I am determined my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is.
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The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street.
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Nursed amid her [London's] noise, her crowds, her beloved smoke, what have I been doing all my life, if I have not lent out my heart with usury to such scenes?




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Sentimentally I am disposed to harmony; but organically I am incapable of a tune.
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Thou through such a mist dost show us,
That our best friends do not know us.
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How sickness enlarges the dimensions of a man's self to himself.
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Not if I know myself at all.
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Sunday itself—that unfortunate failure of a holyday as it too often proved, what with my sense of its fugitiveness, and over-care to get the greatest quantity of pleasure out of it …
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The red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days.
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I came home for ever!
Charles Lamb
Not many sounds in life, and I include all urban and rural sounds, exceed in interest a knock at the door.




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When my sonnet was rejected, I exclaimed, 'Damn the age; I will write for Antiquity!'
Charles Lamb
A clear fire, a clean hearth, and the rigor of the game.
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Your absence of mind we have borne, till your presence of body came to be called in question by it.
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Your borrowers of books—those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.
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A man can never have too much Time to himself, nor too little to do. Had I a little son, I would christen him Nothing-To-Do; he should do nothing. Man, I verily believe, is out of his element as long as he is operative. I am altogether for the life contemplative.
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Neat, not gaudy.
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Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.
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Who first invented work, and bound the free
And holiday-rejoicing spirit down
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To that dry drudgery at the desk's dead wood?
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Sabbathless Satan!
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Any thing awful makes me laugh. I misbehaved once at a funeral.


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