Quotations by Lamb, Charles


There is more reason for saying grace before a new book than before dinner.

Charles Lamb (1775-1834) Welsh-English essayist
“Grace before Meat,” Essays of Elia (1823)
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Man is a gaming animal. He must be always trying to get the better in something or other.

Charles Lamb (1775-1834) Welsh-English essayist
“Mrs. Battle’s Opinions on Whist,” The Essays of Elia (1823)
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I have had playmates, I have had companions;
In my days of childhood, in my joyful school days —
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

Charles Lamb (1775-1834) Welsh-English essayist
“Old Familiar Faces” (1798)
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The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.

Charles Lamb (1775-1834) Welsh-English essayist
“Table Talk, by the Late Elia,” London Athenaeum (4 Jan 1834)
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Your borrowers of books — those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.

Charles Lamb (1775-1834) Welsh-English essayist
“The Two Races of Men,” Essays of Elia (1823)
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I could never hate anyone I knew.

Charles Lamb (1775-1834) Welsh-English essayist
(Attributed)

In A. Ainger, Charles Lamb, ch. 6 (1882). Attributed to him by others, but under various circumstances.
Added on 10-Apr-08 | Last updated 10-Apr-08
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Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.

Charles Lamb (1775-1834) Welsh-English essayist
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Added on 2-Apr-14 | Last updated 2-Apr-14
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