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Charles Lamb Quote: “I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.”

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

— Charles Lamb



Charles Lamb Quote: “My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.”

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

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Let us live for the beauty of our own reality.”

Let us live for the beauty of our own reality.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.”

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.”

New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “A poor relation – is the most irrelevant thing in nature.”

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

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “We grow gray in our spirit long before we grow gray in our hair.”

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

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Take all the pleasures of all the spheres, And multiply each through endless years,- One minute of heaven is worth them all.”

Take all the pleasures of all the spheres, And multiply each through endless years,- One minute of heaven is worth them all.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “I am Retired Leisure. I am to be met with in trim gardens. I am already come to be known by my vacant face and careless gesture, perambulating at no fixed pace nor with any settled purpose. I walk about; not to and from.”

I am Retired Leisure. I am to be met with in trim gardens. I am already come to be known by my vacant face and careless gesture, perambulating at no fixed pace nor with any settled purpose. I walk about; not to and from.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “No work is worse than overwork; the mind preys on itself, – the most unwholesome of food.”

No work is worse than overwork; the mind preys on itself, – the most unwholesome of food.

— Charles Lamb



Charles Lamb Quote: “He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.”

He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “My theory is to enjoy life, but the practice is against it.”

My theory is to enjoy life, but the practice is against it.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident.”

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

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Satire does not look pretty upon a tombstone.”

Satire does not look pretty upon a tombstone.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Gluttony and surfeiting are no proper occasions for thanksgiving.”

Gluttony and surfeiting are no proper occasions for thanksgiving.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “How I like to be liked, and what I do to be liked!”

How I like to be liked, and what I do to be liked!

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.”

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

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Do not fold, spindle or mutilate.”

Do not fold, spindle or mutilate.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “I am in love with this green Earth.”

I am in love with this green Earth.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.”

All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

— Charles Lamb



Charles Lamb Quote: “The true poet dreams being awake.”

The true poet dreams being awake.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “For thy sake, tobacco, I would do anything but die.”

For thy sake, tobacco, I would do anything but die.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.”

Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “When thus the heart is in a vein Of tender thought, the simplest strain Can touch it with peculiar power.”

When thus the heart is in a vein Of tender thought, the simplest strain Can touch it with peculiar power.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “A presentation copy, reader,-if haply you are yet innocent of such favours-is a copy of a book which does not sell, sent you by the author.”

A presentation copy, reader,-if haply you are yet innocent of such favours-is a copy of a book which does not sell, sent you by the author.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Don’t introduce me to that man! I want to go on hating him, and I can’t hate a man whom I know.”

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


Charles Lamb Quote: “May be the truth is, that one pipe is wholesome, two pipes toothsome, three pipes noisome, four pipes fulsome, five pipes quarrelsome; and that’s the some on’t.”

May be the truth is, that one pipe is wholesome, two pipes toothsome, three pipes noisome, four pipes fulsome, five pipes quarrelsome; and that’s the some on’t.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “I have done all that I came into this world to do. I have worked task work, and have the rest of the day to myself.”

I have done all that I came into this world to do. I have worked task work, and have the rest of the day to myself.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “When true hearts lie wither’d And fond ones are flown, Oh, who would inhabit This bleak world alone?”

When true hearts lie wither’d And fond ones are flown, Oh, who would inhabit This bleak world alone?

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “May my last breath be drawn through a pipe, and exhaled in a jest.”

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

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “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.”

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.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.”

Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Pain is life – the sharper, the more evidence of life.”

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

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “You may derive thoughts from others; your way of thinking, the mould in which your thoughts are cast, must be your own.”

You may derive thoughts from others; your way of thinking, the mould in which your thoughts are cast, must be your own.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Mother’s love grows by giving.”

Mother’s love grows by giving.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Not many sounds in life, and I include all urban and all rural sounds, exceed in interest a knock at the door.”

Not many sounds in life, and I include all urban and all rural sounds, exceed in interest a knock at the door.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “A clear fire, a clean hearth, and the rigour of the game.”

A clear fire, a clean hearth, and the rigour of the game.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Tis unpleasant to meet a beggar. It is painful to deny him; and, if you relieve him, it is so much out of your pocket.”

Tis unpleasant to meet a beggar. It is painful to deny him; and, if you relieve him, it is so much out of your pocket.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Half as sober as a judge.”

Half as sober as a judge.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “There are like to be short graces where the devil plays host.”

There are like to be short graces where the devil plays host.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Merit, God knows, is very little rewarded.”

Merit, God knows, is very little rewarded.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “We are nothing; less than nothing, and dreams. We are only what might have been...”

We are nothing; less than nothing, and dreams. We are only what might have been...

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of non pertinent correspondence, an odious approximation, a haunting conscience, a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noontide of our prosperity.”

A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of non pertinent correspondence, an odious approximation, a haunting conscience, a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noontide of our prosperity.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “As half in shade and half in sun This world along its path advances, May that side the sun ’s upon Be all that e’er shall meet thy glances!”

As half in shade and half in sun This world along its path advances, May that side the sun ’s upon Be all that e’er shall meet thy glances!

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Oh, the pleasure of eating my dinner alone!”

Oh, the pleasure of eating my dinner alone!

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “If there be a regal solitude, it is a sick-bed. How the patient lords it there!”

If there be a regal solitude, it is a sick-bed. How the patient lords it there!

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “I know that a sweet child is the sweetest thing in nature, not even excepting the delicate creatures which bear them.”

I know that a sweet child is the sweetest thing in nature, not even excepting the delicate creatures which bear them.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Time partially reconciles us to anything. I gradually became content – doggedly contented, as wild animals in cages.”

Time partially reconciles us to anything. I gradually became content – doggedly contented, as wild animals in cages.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Presents, I often say, endear absents.”

Presents, I often say, endear absents.

— Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb Quote: “Separate from the pleasure of your company, I don’t much care if I never see another mountain in my life.”

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

— Charles Lamb

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