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

— Charles Lamb

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Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.


All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.


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


How some they have died, and some they have left me, And some are taken from me;

all are departed; All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.


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


A poor relation—is the most irrelevant thing in nature.


How convalescence shrinks a man back to his pristine stature! where is now the space, which he occupied so lately, in his own, in the family's eye?


For God's sake (I never was more serious) don't make me ridiculous any more by terming me gentle-hearted in print.


Of all sound of all bells... most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year.


The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him.

We are content with less than absolute truth.


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


Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts.


About Charles Lamb

Quotes 262 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Critic
Birthday October 16

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.


Those evening bells! those evening bells! How many a tale their music tells Of youth and home, and that sweet time When last I heard their soothing chime!


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


This world is all a fleeting show, For man's illusion given The smiles of joy, the tears of woe, Deceitful shine, deceitful flow, Theres nothing true but Heaven.


Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.


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


No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference.

It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam.


I am in love with this green Earth.


A sweet child is the sweetest thing in nature.


The trumpet does not more stun you by its loudness, than a whisper teases you by its provoking inaudibility.


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


No one ever regarded the first of January with indifference.


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


Dr Parr...asked him, how he had acquired his power of smoking at such a rate? Lamb replied, 'I toiled after it, sir, as some men toil after virtue.'


Oh for a tongue to curse the slave Whose treason, like a deadly blight, Comes o'er the councils of the brave, And blasts them in their hour of might!


I have been trying all my life to like Scotchmen, and am obliged to desist from the experiment in despair.


May my last breath be drawn through a pipe, and exhaled in a jest.


We encourage one another in mediocrity.


He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.


Nothing puzzles me more than time and space;

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


Brandy and water spoils two good things.


How sickness enlarges the dimension of a man’s self to himself!


For with G. D., to be absent from the body is sometimes (not to speak profanely) to be present with the Lord.


Shall I ask the brave soldier who fights by my side In the cause of mankind, if our creeds agree?


We do not go to the theatre like our ancestors, to escape from the pressure of reality, so much as to confirm our experience of it.


The laws of Pluto's kingdom know small difference between king and cobbler, manager and call-boy; and, if haply your dates of life were conterminant, you are quietly taking your passage, cheek by cheek (O ignoble levelling of Death) with the shade of some recently departed candle-snuffer.


Summer, as my friend Coleridge waggishly writes, has set in with its usual severity.


A Persian's heaven is eas'ly made: 'T is but black eyes and lemonade.


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


To be sick is to enjoy monarchical prerogatives.


My only books Were woman's looks,- And folly 's all they 've taught me.


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.


How often you are irresistibly drawn to a plain, unassuming woman, whose soft silvery tones render her positively attractive! In the social circle, how pleasant it is to hear a woman talk in that low key which always characterizes the true lady. In the sanctuary of home, how such a voice soothes the fretful child and cheers the weary husband!


The beggar wears all colors fearing none.


Is the world all grown up? Is childhood dead? Or is there not in the bosom of the wisest and the best some of the child's heart left, to respond to its earliest enchantments?


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.


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