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Charles Lamb

Datum narození: 10. únor 1775
Datum úmrtí: 27. prosinec 1834

Charles Lamb byl anglický spisovatel, známý především pro své eseje, psané lehkým, konverzačním tónem, a pro své dětské převyprávění Shakespearových her, které napsal spolu se svou sestrou Mary Lambovou. Psal také básně, většinou sentimentální balady, a vydal antologii Ukázky z anglických dramatiků, kteří žili v době Shakespearově, kterou zpopularizoval literaturu alžbětinské epochy, a pokoušel se nepříliš úspěšně i o vlastní dramatickou tvorbu. Pracoval jako úředník Východoindické společnosti, blízce se přátelil se S. T. Coleridgem. Ač stejně jako jeho sestra trpěl těžkou duševní chorobou, žil bohatým společenským životem a byl ve své době uznávaným a oblíbeným autorem a jeho tvorba je ceněna dodnes.


„Člověk je hrající si živočich.“

„Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.“ The Life, Letters and Writings of Charles Lamb


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

„Of all sound of all bells... most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year.“

„New Year's Day is every man's birthday.“

„Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.“

„I love to lose myself in other men's minds.... Books think for me.“

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


„A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog's ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins.“ Essays of Elia

„Think what you would have been now, if instead of being fed with tales and old wives' fables in childhood, you had been crammed with geography and natural history!“

„Don't introduce me to that man! I want to go on hating him, and I can't hate a man whom I know.“

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


„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“

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

„There is absolutely no such thing as reading but by a candle. We have tried the affectation of a book at noon-day in gardens, and in sultry arbours, but it was labor thrown away. Those gay motes in the beam come about you, hovering and teasing, like so many coquets, that will have you all to their self, and are jealous of your abstractions. By the midnight taper, the writers digests his meditations. By the same light we must approach to their perusal, if we would catch the flame, the odour.“

„I mean your borrowers of books - those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.“

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