The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.

Charles Lamb on goodness
11

Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.

Charles Lamb on friendship
11

My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.

Charles Lamb on contentment
7

Pain is life -- the sharper, the more evidence of life.

Charles Lamb on pain
6

Nothing puzzles me more than time and space;

and yet nothing troubles me less, as I never think about them.

Charles Lamb on universe
4

The beggar is the only person in the universe not obliged to study appearance.

Charles Lamb on appearance
3

Borrowers of books --those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.

Charles Lamb on reading
2

I could never hate anyone I knew.

Charles Lamb on hate
2

Riches are chiefly good because they give us time.

Charles Lamb on wealth
2

He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.

Charles Lamb on law
2

Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.

Charles Lamb on competition
2

I love to lose myself in other men's minds.

When I am not walking, I am reading. I cannot sit and think; books think for me.

Charles Lamb on reading
2

About Charles Lamb

Name Charles Lamb
Quotes 55 quotations
Nationality English
Profession Critic
Birthday October 16
About Charles Lamb (London, 10 February 1775 – Edmonton, 27 December 1834) was an English essayist with Welsh heritage, 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 (1764–1847).
Top topics children, people, books, life, book

The vices of some men are magnificent.

Charles Lamb on virtue
2

'Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.

Charles Lamb on friends
2

I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.

Charles Lamb on arrive
1

Lawyers I suppose were children once.

Charles Lamb on law
1

In everything that relates to science, I am a whole Encyclopaedia behind the rest of the world.

Charles Lamb on science
1

Presents, I often say, endear absents.

Charles Lamb on gifts
1

Separate from the pleasure of your company, I don't much care if I never see another mountain in my life.

Charles Lamb on friends
1

The beggar wears all colors fearing none.

Charles Lamb on fashion
1

The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow and the men who lend.

Charles Lamb on borrow
0

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 on family
0

Don't introduce me to that man! I want to go on hating him, and I can't hate a man whom I know.

Charles Lamb on attitude
0

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.

Charles Lamb on legal
0

Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.

Charles Lamb on child
0

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 on teaching
0

Some people have a knack of putting upon you gifts of no real value, to engage you to substantial gratitude. We thank them for nothing.

Charles Lamb on engage
0

Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts.

Charles Lamb on asparagus
0

Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.

Charles Lamb on friendship
0

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 on reputation
0

To be sick is to enjoy monarchical prerogatives.

Charles Lamb on illness
0

The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive - you are leaking.

Charles Lamb on appearance
0

Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment.

Charles Lamb on news
0

A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog's ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins.

Charles Lamb on blots
0

She unbent her mind afterwards - over a book.

Charles Lamb on book
0

Were I Diogenes, I would not move out of a kilderkin into a hogshead, though the first had had nothing but small beer in it, and the second reeked claret.

Charles Lamb on home
0

Nothing puzzles me more than the time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less.

Charles Lamb on puzzles
0

Shakespeare is one of the last books one should like to give up, perhaps the one just before the Dying Service in a large Prayer book.

Charles Lamb on book
0

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident.

Charles Lamb on accident
0

So near are the boundaries of panegyric and invective, that a worn-out sinner is sometimes found to make the best declaimer against sin. The same high-seasoned descriptions which in his unregenerate state served to inflame his appetites, in his new province of a moralist will serve him (a little turned) to expose the enormity of those appetites in other men.

Charles Lamb on sin
0

The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street.

Charles Lamb on journalism
0

I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is.

Charles Lamb on brought
0

The red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days.

Charles Lamb on parties
0

The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him.

We are content with less than absolute truth.

Charles Lamb on truth
0

He has left off reading altogether, to the great improvement of his originality.

Charles Lamb on reading
0

I love to lose myself in other men's minds.

Charles Lamb on love
0

We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves.

We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.

Charles Lamb on encourage
0

A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.

Charles Lamb on laughter
0

When I consider how little of a rarity children are -- that every street and blind alley swarms with them -- that the poorest people commonly have them in most abundance -- that there are few marriages that are not blest with at least one of these bargains -- how often they turn out ill, and defeat the fond hopes of their parents, taking to vicious courses, which end in poverty, disgrace, the gallows, etc. -- I cannot for my life tell what cause for pride there can possibly be in having them.

Charles Lamb on children
0

Pain is life - the sharper, the more evidence of life.

Charles Lamb on evidence
0