Frases Charles Lamb

„Martin, if dirt was trumps, what hands you would hold!“

—  Charles Lamb

Lamb's Suppers; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

„He might have proved a useful adjunct, if not an ornament to society.“

—  Charles Lamb

Captain Starkey; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

„I read your letters with my sister, and they give us both abundance of delight. Especially they please us two, when you talk in a religious strain,—not but we are offended occasionally with a certain freedom of expression, a certain air of mysticism, more consonant to the conceits of pagan philosophy, than consistent with the humility of genuine piety. To instance now in your last letter—you say, “it is by the press [sic], that God hath given finite spirits both evil and good (I suppose you mean simply bad men and good men), a portion as it were of His Omnipresence!” Now, high as the human intellect comparatively will soar, and wide as its influence, malign or salutary, can extend, is there not, Coleridge, a distance between the Divine Mind and it, which makes such language blasphemy? Again, in your first fine consolatory epistle you say, “you are a temporary sharer in human misery, that you may be an eternal partaker of the Divine Nature.” What more than this do those men say, who are for exalting the man Christ Jesus into the second person of an unknown Trinity,—men, whom you or I scruple not to call idolaters? Man, full of imperfections, at best, and subject to wants which momentarily remind him of dependence; man, a weak and ignorant being, “servile” from his birth “to all the skiey influences,” with eyes sometimes open to discern the right path, but a head generally too dizzy to pursue it; man, in the pride of speculation, forgetting his nature, and hailing in himself the future God, must make the angels laugh. Be not angry with me, Coleridge; I wish not to cavil; I know I cannot instruct you; I only wish to remind you of that humility which best becometh the Christian character. God, in the New Testament (our best guide), is represented to us in the kind, condescending, amiable, familiar light of a parent: and in my poor mind ’tis best for us so to consider of Him, as our heavenly Father, and our best Friend, without indulging too bold conceptions of His nature. Let us learn to think humbly of ourselves, and rejoice in the appellation of “dear children,” “brethren,” and “co-heirs with Christ of the promises,” seeking to know no further… God love us all, and may He continue to be the father and the friend of the whole human race!“

—  Charles Lamb

Lamb's letter to Coleridge in Oct. 24th, 1796. As quoted in Works of Charles and Mary Lamb (1905). Letter 11.

„Riches are chiefly good because they give us time.“

—  Charles Lamb

cited in A Little Book of Aphorisms (New York: 1947), p. 186.

„Not if I know myself at all.“

—  Charles Lamb

The Old and New Schoolmaster; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

„Books which are no books.“

—  Charles Lamb, Last Essays of Elia

Detached Thoughts on Books and Reading; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)..
Last Essays of Elia (1833)

„Neat, not gaudy.“

—  Charles Lamb

Letter to Wordsworth (1806); reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

„I came home for ever!“

—  Charles Lamb

Letter to Bernard Barton (April 6, 1825), on leaving his "33 years' desk" at the East India House.

„It argues an insensibility.“

—  Charles Lamb, libro Essays of Elia

A Dissertation upon Roast Pig; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
Essays of Elia (1823)

„Sentimentally I am disposed to harmony; but organically I am incapable of a tune.“

—  Charles Lamb, libro Essays of Elia

A Chapter on Ears; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
Essays of Elia (1823)

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