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Mary Ann Lamb

  • I have known many single men I should have liked in my life (if it had suited them) for a husband; but very few husbands have I ever wished was mine.

    • Mary Ann Lamb,
    • letter ()
  • That creature on whose back abound / Black spots upon a yellow ground / A panther is — the fairest beast / That haunteth in the spacious East: / He underneath a fair outside / Does cruelty and treachery hide.

    • Mary Ann Lamb,
    • "The Beasts in the Tower," Poetry for Children ()
  • We need not be too strict in seeing / The failings of a fellow being.

    • Mary Ann Lamb,
    • "The Rook and the Sparrows," Poetry for Children ()
  • A child is fed with milk and praise.

    • Mary Ann Lamb,
    • "The First Tooth," Poetry for Children ()
  • ... I am much fonder of receiving letters, than writing them: but I believe this is no very uncommon case.

    • Mary Ann Lamb,
    • 1802, in The Letters of Charles and Mary Ann Lamb, vol. 2 ()
  • ... I do not expect or want you to be otherwise than you are, I love you for the good that is in you, and look for no change.

    • Mary Ann Lamb,
    • 1803, in The Letters of Charles and Mary Ann Lamb, vol. 2 ()
  • It is well enough when one is talking to a friend to hedge in an odd word by way of counsel now and then, but there is something mighty irksome, in its staring upon one in a letter where one ought only to see kind words and friendly remembrances ...

    • Mary Ann Lamb,
    • 1806, in The Letters of Charles and Mary Ann Lamb, vol. 2 ()

Mary Ann Lamb, English writer

(1764 - 1847)