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April 4, 2016

Quotations by Charles Dickens



CHARLES DICKENS (1812 –1870), NINETEENTH CENTURY ENGLISH NOVELIST AND CRITIC

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 “Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

 “There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

“No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot.”
~ Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

 “My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.”
~ Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

 “There is a wisdom of the head, and... there is a wisdom of the heart.”
~ Charles Dickens, Hard Times

 “‎And yet I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you to know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 “The broken heart. You think you will die, but you just keep living, day after day after terrible day.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “You are in every line I have ever read.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “It is because I think so much of warm and sensitive hearts, that I would spare them from being wounded.”
~ Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

“So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 “A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
~ Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

 “Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “Think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 “Sadly, sadly, the sun rose; it rose upon no sadder sight than the man of good abilities and good emotions, incapable of their directed exercise, incapable of his own help and his own happiness, sensible of the blight on him, and resigning himself to let it eat him away.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 “I am what you designed me to be. I am your blade. You cannot now complain if you also feel the hurt”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

“A man is lucky if he is the first love of a woman. A woman is lucky if she is the last love of a man.”
~ Charles Dickens

 “Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.”
~ Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby

 “No space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused”
~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

 “I stole her heart away and put ice in its place.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “Death may beget life, but oppression can beget nothing other than itself.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

 “A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 “It is a pleasant world we live in, sir, a very pleasant world. There are bad people in it, Mr. Richard, but if there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.”
~ Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop

 “I looked at the stars, and considered how awful it would be for a man to turn his face up to them as he froze to death, and see no help or pity in all the glittering multitude.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!”
~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

 “Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “Moths, and all sorts of ugly creatures, hover about a lighted candle. Can the candle help it?”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “We changed again, and yet again, and it was now too late and too far to go back, and I went on. And the mists had all solemnly risen now, and the world lay spread before me.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “And I am bored to death with it. Bored to death with this place, bored to death with my life, bored to death with myself.”
~ Charles Dickens, Bleak House

“They are Man's and they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance and this girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“No varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

“Life is made of so many partings welded together”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 “There can be no disparity in marriage like unsuitability of mind and purpose.”
~ Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

  “Crush humanity out of shape once more, under similar hammers, and it will twist itself into the same tortured forms. Sow the same seeds of rapacious licence and oppression over again, and it will surely yield the same fruit according to its kind.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 “And a beautiful world we live in, when it is possible, and when many other such things are possible, and not only possible, but done-- done, see you!-- under that sky there, every day.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 “It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present.”
~ Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

 “Women can always put things in fewest words. Except when it's blowing up; and then they lengthens it out.”
~ Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

 “Nothing that we do, is done in vain. I believe, with all my soul, that we shall see triumph.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 “Such is the influence which the condition of our own thoughts, exercises, even over the appearance of external objects. Men who look on nature, and their fellow-men, and cry that all is dark and gloomy, are in the right; but the sombre colours are reflections from their own jaundiced eyes and hearts. The real hues are delicate, and need a clearer vision.”
~ Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

 “Dreams are the bright creatures of poem and legend, who sport on earth in the night season, and melt away in the first beam of the sun, which lights grim care and stern reality on their daily pilgrimage through the world.”
~ Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby

 “So, I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “Break their hearts my pride and hope, break their hearts and have no mercy.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “Poetry makes life what lights and music do the stage.”
~ Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers

 “It is not possible to know how far the influence of any amiable, honest-hearted duty-doing man flies out into the world, but it is very possible to know how it has touched one's self in going by.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “There were two classes of charitable people: one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all.”
~ Charles Dickens, Bleak House

 “Constancy in love is a good thing; but it means nothing, and is nothing, without constancy in every kind of effort.”
~ Charles Dickens, Bleak House

“New thoughts and hopes were whirling through my mind, and all the colours of my life were changing.”
~ Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

 “There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”
~ Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”
~ Charles Dickens

 “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 “Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before--more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death.”
~ Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

 “We need never be ashamed of our tears.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

 “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”
~ Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby

 “Love her, love her, love her! If she favours you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces – and as it gets older and stronger, it will tear deeper – love her, love her, love her!”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 “In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations


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