Quotes by Charles Lamb
Riddle of destiny, who can show
What thy short visit meant, or know
What thy errand here below?
Please to blot out ''gentle hearted'', and substitute drunken dog, ragged head, seld-shaven, odd-ey'd, stuttering, or any other epithet which truly and properly belongs to the Gentleman in question.
This very night I am going to ''leave off Tobacco''! Surely there must be some other world in which this unconquerable purpose shall be realized.
Separate from the pleasure of your company, I don't much care if I never see a mountain in my life.
Fanny Kelly's divine plain face.
I am determined my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is.
When my sonnet was rejected, I exclaimed, 'Damn the age; I will write for Antiquity!'
A good-natured woman...which is as much as you can expect from a friend's wife, whom you got acquainted with a bachelor.
Any thing awful makes me laugh. I misbehaved once at a funeral.
I have something more to do than to feel.
Gone before
To that unknown and silent shore.
Some cry up Haydn, some Mozart,
Just as the whim bites. For my part,
I do not care a farthing candle
For either of them, nor for Handel.
Nursed amid her London's noise, her crowds, her beloved smoke, what have I been doing all my life, if I have not lent out my heart with ''usury'' to such scenes?
The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street.
Who first invented work, and bound the free
And holyday-rejoicing spirit down?
For thy sake, Tobacco, I
Would do anything but die.
He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.
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.
I came home for ever!
For God's sake (I never was more serious), don't make me ridiculous any more by terming me gentle-hearted in print.
Can we ring the bells backward? Can we unlearn the arts that pretend to civilize, and then burn the world? There is a march of science; but who shall beat the drums for its retreat?
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