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 :: 1775-1834, British Essayist, Critic

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How a sickness enlarges the dimensions of a man's self to himself! He is his own exclusive object. Supreme selfishness is inculcated in him as his only duty,
~ Charles Lamb - [Selfishness]

 

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Why are we never quite at ease in the presence of a schoolmaster? Because we are conscious that he is not quite at his ease in ours. He is awkward, and out of place in the society of his equals. He comes like Gulliver from among his little people, and he cannot fit the stature of his understanding to yours.
~ Charles Lamb - [Teachers and Teaching]

 

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The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth.
~ Charles Lamb - [Truth]

 

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The vices of some men are magnificent.
~ Charles Lamb - [Vice]

 

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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 - [Puns]

 

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For God's sake (I never was more serious) don't make me ridiculous any more by terming me gentle-hearted in print... substitute drunken dog, ragged head, seld-shaven, odd-eyed, stuttering, or any other epithet which truly and properly belongs to the gentleman in question.
~ Charles Lamb - [Reputation]

 

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Riches are chiefly good because they give us time.
~ Charles Lamb - [Riches]

 

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In everything that relates to science, I am a whole Encyclopaedia behind the rest of the world.
~ Charles Lamb - [Science and Scientists]

 

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The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street.
~ Charles Lamb - [Journalism and Journalists]

 

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A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.
~ Charles Lamb - [Laughter]

 

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He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.
~ Charles Lamb - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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Lawyers I suppose were children once.
~ Charles Lamb - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever puts one down without the feeling of disappointment.
~ Charles Lamb - [Newspapers]

 

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Pain is life -- the sharper, the more evidence of life.
~ Charles Lamb - [Pain]

 

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A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of impertinent correspondence, 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 - [Family]

 

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The beggar wears all colors fearing none.
~ Charles Lamb - [Fashion]

 

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The red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days.
~ Charles Lamb - [Festivals]

 

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Separate from the pleasure of your company, I don't much care if I never see another mountain in my life.
~ Charles Lamb - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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'Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.
~ Charles Lamb - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Presents, I often say, endear absents.
~ Charles Lamb - [Gifts]

 

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