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Lamb, Charles

Summary Article: Lamb, Charles from The Hutchinson Encyclopedia

An archangel a little damaged.

Of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in a letter to William Wordsworth, 1816

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

‘Table Talk by the late Elia’

I am, in plainer words, a bundle of prejudices – made up of likings and dislikings.

Essays of Elia, ‘Imperfect Sympathies’

If ever I marry a wife, / I'll marry a landlord's daughter, / For then I may sit in the bar, / And drink cold brandy and water.

Written in a copy of Coelebs in Search of a Wife

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

Essays of Elia, ‘Imperfect Sympathies’

I love to lose myself in other men's minds. When I am not walking, I am reading; I cannot sit and think. Books think for me.

Last Essays of Elia, ‘Detached Thoughts on Books and Reading’

Nothing is to me more distasteful than that entire complacency and satisfaction which beam in the countenances of a new-married couple.

Essays of Elia, ‘Bachelor's Complaint of Married People’

What a liberal confounding of those pedantic distinctions of meum and tuum!

‘The Two Races of Men’

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