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Charles Lamb
February 10, 1775 - July 27, 1834
Nationality: English
Category: Critic
Subcategory: English Critic

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.


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.


We grow gray in our spirit long before we grow gray in our hair.


The measure of choosing well, is, whether a man likes and finds good in what he has chosen.


The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth.


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


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.


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.


He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.


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


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


What is reading, but silent conversation.


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.


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


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.


Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.


It is good to love the unknown.


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


To be sick is to enjoy monarchical prerogatives.


Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.


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