Charles Lamb
Quotations


Borrowers of books--those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.

The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow and the men who lend.

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

The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth.

Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment.

A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit. It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.

In everything that relates to science, I am a whole Encyclopaedia behind the rest of the world.



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