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My theory is to enjoy life, but the practice is against it. ...
by Charles Lamb

My theory is to enjoy life, but the practice is against it.
- Charles Lamb

Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense,
and have her nonsense respected.
- Charles Lamb

Mother's love grows by giving.
- Charles Lamb

I always arrive late at the office,
but I make up for it by leaving early.
- Charles Lamb

 

He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.
- Charles Lamb

New Year's Day is every man's birthday.
- Charles Lamb

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.
- Charles Lamb

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Let us live for the beauty of our own reality.
- Charles Lamb

Boys are capital fellows in their own way,
among their mates; but they are unwholesome companions for grown people.
- Charles Lamb

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

Anything awful makes me laugh.
I misbehaved once at a funeral.
- Charles Lamb

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.
- Charles Lamb

I could never hate anyone I knew.
- Charles Lamb

The red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes,
dead-letter days.
- Charles Lamb

Nothing puzzles me more than the time and space;
and yet nothing troubles me less.
- Charles Lamb

A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.
- Charles Lamb

I'd like to grow very old as slowly as possible.
- Charles Lamb

What is reading, but silent conversation.
- Charles Lamb

Newspapers always excite curiosity.
No one ever puts one down without the feeling of disappointment.
- Charles Lamb

Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the
world hath more fools in it than ever.
- Charles Lamb

She unbent her mind afterwards - over a book.
- Charles Lamb

I am determined that my children shall be brought up
in their father's religion,
if they can find out what it is.
- Charles Lamb

I love to lose myself in other men's minds.
- Charles Lamb

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.
- Charles Lamb

Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts.
- Charles Lamb

Riches are chiefly good because they give us time.
- Charles Lamb

To be sick is to enjoy monarchical prerogatives.
- Charles Lamb

Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.
- Charles Lamb

It is good to love the unknown.
- Charles Lamb

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

Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.
- Charles Lamb

The measure of choosing well, is, whether a man likes
and finds good in what he has chosen.
- Charles Lamb

The beggar wears all colors fearing none.
- Charles Lamb

We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves.
We encourage one another in mediocrity.
I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.
- Charles Lamb

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.
- Charles Lamb

My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.
- Charles Lamb

The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy,
who can be dull in Fleet Street.
- Charles Lamb

We grow gray in our spirit long before we grow gray in our hair.
- Charles Lamb

Man is a gaming animal.
He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.
- Charles Lamb

Shakespeare is one of the last books one should like to give up,
perhaps the one just before the Dying Service in a large Prayer book.
- Charles Lamb

Clap an extinguisher upon your irony if you are unhappily
blessed with a vein of it.
- Charles Lamb

Pain is life - the sharper, the more evidence of life.
- Charles Lamb

Some people have a knack of putting upon you gifts of no real value,
to engage you to substantial gratitude.
We thank them for nothing.
- Charles Lamb

For thy sake, tobacco, I would do anything but die.
- Charles Lamb

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.
- Charles Lamb

The most common error made in matters of appearance
is the belief that one should disdain the superficial
and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through.
If there are places on your body where this is a possibility,
you are not attractive - you are leaking.
- Charles Lamb

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must respect the other fellow's religion,
but only in the sense and to the extent
that we respect his theory that
his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
- H. L. Mencken

The moment a person forms a theory,
his imagination sees in every object
only the traits which favor that theory.
- Thomas Jefferson

If the facts don't fit the theory,
change the facts.
- Albert Einstein

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings
of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
- Mark Russell

Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.
- Wilhelm Reich

My theory is that all of Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.
- Mike Myers

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
- Niels Bohr

Creationists make it sound as though a "theory'
is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
- Isaac Asimov

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful
theory was killed by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice there is.
- Yogi Berra

He who loves practice without theory
is like the sailor who boards ship
without a rudder and compass
and never knows where he may cast.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Morality is the theory that every human act
must be either right or wrong,
and that 99 % of them are wrong.
- H. L. Mencken

Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man.
Man is not a finished creation.
- Edmund Burke

I have this theory - that if we're told we're bad,
then that's the only ideal we'll ever have.
- Jewel

The end of science is not to prove a theory,
but to improve mankind.
- Manly Hall

If a philosophic theory is once ruled out of court,
no one can tell when it will appear again.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

When a torrent sweeps a man against a boulder,
you must expect him to scream, and you need not be
surprised if the scream is sometimes a theory.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Architecture theory is very interesting.
- David Byrne

The classical example of a successful research programme
is Newton's gravitational theory:
possibly the most successful research programme ever.
- Imre Lakatos

Funeral by funeral, theory advances.
- Paul Samuelson

Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher
is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.
- Ty Cobb

The theory of founder effects does not explain how
novel features like plumage traits arise.
- Peter R. Grant

Verbal and nonverbal activity is a unified whole,
and theory and methodology should be organized or created to treat it as such.
- Kenneth L. Pike


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