Charles Dickens Quotes

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1. “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.”

Tags : Growth Heart Life Suffering
Source : Great Expectations

2. “Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.”

Tags : Kissing Love Romance

3. “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.”

Tags : Cowardice Morality Pip
Source : Great Expectations

4. “He spoke in hard and angry earnest, if a man ever did," replied the girl, shaking her head. "He is an earnest man when his hatred is up. I know many who do worse things; but I'd rather listen to them all a dozen times, than to that Monks once.”

Tags : Hatred Malice Vice
Source : Oliver Twist

5. “It was all Mrs. Bumble. She would do it," urged Mr. Bumble; first looking round, to ascertain that his partner had left the room.That is no excuse," returned Mr. Brownlow. "You were present on the occasion of the destruction of these trinkets, and, indeed, are the more guilty of the two, in the eye of the law; for the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction."If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, "the law is a ass — a idiot. If that's the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is, that his eye may be opened by experience — by experience.”

Tags : Dominance Funny Husbands Law Marriage Matrimony Responsibility Wives Woman
Source : Oliver Twist

6. “That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. 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.”

Tags : Connections Life Life Changing Events These Are Words
Source : Great Expectations

7. “The leprosy of unreality disfigured every human creature in attendance.”

Tags : Appearances
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

8. “I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul.”

Tags : Dreams Finality Love Soul
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

9. “A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self.”

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Source : A Tale of Two Cities

10. “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.”

Tags : March Summer Sun Wind Winter
Source : Great Expectations

11. “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.”

Tags : Crying Heartfelt Shame Sorrow Tears
Source : Great Expectations

12. “We need never be ashamed of our tears.”

Tags : Crying Shame Sorrow Tears
Source : Great Expectations

13. “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”

Tags : Communication Psychology
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

14. “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”

Tags : Friendship Joy Pain
Source : Nicholas Nickleby

15. “There ain’t a gen’lm’n in all the land – nor yet sailing upon all the sea – that can love his lady more than I love her.”

Tags : Ham
Source : David Copperfield

16. “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”

Tags : Love Poverty And Politics Sacrifice War

17. “As for the politicians, like everyone else in America, they were motivated by money, not ideals.”

Tags : Politics Of The United States

18. “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.”

Tags : Social
Source : Bleak House

19. “I ain't took so many year to make a gentleman, not without knowing what's due to him.”

Tags : Guardianship
Source : Great Expectations

20. “I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world.”

Tags : Good And Evil

21. “Remember!--It is Christianity to do good always--even to those who do evil to us. It is Christianity to love our neighbours as ourself, and to do to all men as we would have them do to us. It is Christianity to be gentle, merciful and forgiving, and to keep those qualities quiet in our own hearts, and never make a boast of them or of our prayers or of our love of God, but always to show that we love Him by humbly trying to do right in everything. If we do this, and remember the life and lessons of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and try to act up to them, we may confidently hope that God will forgive us our sins and mistakes, and enable us to live and die in peace.”

Tags : Christian Values Golden Rule Grace Kindness

22. “Dead, your Majesty. Dead, my lords and gentlemen. Dead, Right Reverends and Wrong Reverends of every order. Dead, men and women, born with Heavenly compassion in your hearts. And dying thus around us every day.”

Tags : Death And Dying Social Justice
Source : Bleak House

23. “I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.”

Tags : Babies Baby

24. “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.”

Tags : First Love Gender Roles Last Love Love Love Makes You Do The Wacky Men Men Mars Women Venus Relationships Women

25. “That glorious vision of doing good is so often the sanguine mirage of so many good minds.”

Tags : Idealism Procrastination
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

26. “The present representative of the Dedlocks is an excellent master. He supposes all his dependents to be utterly bereft of individual characters, intentions, or opinions, and is persuaded that he was born to supersede the necessity of their having any. If he were to make a discovery to the contrary, he would be simply stunned — would never recover himself, most likely, except to gasp and die.”

Tags : Domination Independence Individuality Leadership Submission Suppression Tyranny
Source : Bleak House

27. “There can be no disparity in marriage like unsuitability of mind and purpose.”

Tags : Disparity Marriage Matches Matrimony Mind Purpose Suitability Unhappiness
Source : David Copperfield

28. “The girl's life had been squandered in the streets, and among the most noisome of the stews and dens of London, but there was something of the woman's original nature left in her still; and when she heard a light step approaching the door opposite to that by which she had entered, and thought of the wide contrast which the small room would in another moment contain, she felt burdened with the sense of her own deep shame: and shrunk as though she could scarcely bear the presence of her with whom she had sought this interview.”

Tags : Chaste Inferiority Shame Women
Source : Oliver Twist

29. “You touch some of the reasons for my going, not for my staying away.”

Tags : Compassion Motivation Risk Submission
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

30. “Old Marley was as dead as a doornail.Mind! I don't mean to say that, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a doornail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country's done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a doornail.”

Tags : Clichés Nails Similes Well Worn Phrases
Source : A Christmas Carol

31. “In the moonlight which is always sad, as the light of the sun itself is--as the light called human life is--at its coming and its going.”

Tags : Human Light Moonlight Sadness Spirit
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

32. “The sun,--the bright sun, that brings back, not light alone, but new life, and hope, and freshness to man--burst upon the crowded city in clear and radiant glory. Through costly-coloured glass and paper-mended window, through cathedral dome and rotten crevice, it shed its equal ray.”

Tags : Sunshine
Source : Oliver Twist

33. “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

Tags : Humor Laughter
Source : A Christmas Carol

34. “The sudden and uncalled for coldness with which you treated me just before I left last night, both surprised and deeply hurt me - surprised because I could not have believed that such sullen and inflexible obstinacy could exist in the breast of any girl in whose heart love had found place; and hurt me, because I feel for you more than I have ever professed and feel a slight from you more than I care to tell. My object in writing to you is this: if hasty temper produces this strange behaviour, acknowledge it when I give you the opportunity - not once or twice, but again and again. If a feeling of you know not what - a capricious restlessness of you can't tell what, and a desire to tease, you don't know why, give rise to it - overcome it; it will never make you more amiable, I more fond or either of us, more happy. Depend upon it, whatever be the cause of your unkindness - whatever gives rise to these wayward fancies - that what you do not take the trouble to conceal from a Lover's eyes, will be frequently acted before those of a husband's. I know as well, as if I were by your side at this moment, that your present impulse on reading this letter is one of anger - pride perhaps, or to use a word more current with your sex - 'spirit'. My dear girl, I have not the most remote intention of awakening any such feeling, and I implore you, not to entertain it for an instant.... I have written these few lines in haste, but not anger.... If you knew but half the anxiety with which I watched your recent illness, the joy with which I hailed your recovery, and the eagerness with which I would promote your happiness, you could more readily understand the extent of the pain so easily inflicted, but so difficult to be forgotten. - Excerpts from a letter by Charles Dickens to his fiancee of three weeks, 1835”

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35. “So may the New Year be a happy one to you, happy to many more whose happiness depends on you!”

Tags : Charity Chimes Inspirational New Wise Year
Source : The Chimes

36. “Your tale is of the longest," observed Monks, moving restlessly in his chair.It is a true tale of grief and trial, and sorrow, young man," returned Mr. Brownlow, "and such tales usually are; if it were one of unmixed joy and happiness, it would be very brief.”

Tags : Grief Sorrow Trial
Source : Oliver Twist

37. “A commission of haberdashers could alone have reported whatthe rest of her poor dress was made of, but it had a strong generalresemblance to seaweed, with here and there a gigantic tea-leaf.Her shawl looked particularly like a tea-leaf after long infusion.”

Tags : Dress Poverty Shabbiness Tea
Source : Little Dorrit

38. “I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”

Tags : Love
Source : Great Expectations

39. “She had curiously thoughtful and attentive eyes; eyes that were very pretty and very good.”

Tags : Charles Dickens Eyes Great Expectations Pretty
Source : Great Expectations

40. “[She wasn't] a logically reasoning woman, but God is good, and hearts may count in heaven as high as heads.”

Tags : God Heads Hearts Heaven Logic
Source : Our Mutual Friend

41. “Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

Tags : Blessings Gratefulness Misfortunes Reflection
Source : A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

42. “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.”

Tags : Classic Excellence
Source : David Copperfield

43. “I am not at all respectable, and I don't want to be. Odd perhaps, but so it is!”

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Source : Bleak House

44. “All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers, and with such pretences did I cheat myself. Surely a curious thing. That I should innocently take a bad half-crown of somebody else's manufacture, is reasonable enough; but that I should knowingly reckon the spurious coin of my own make, as good money!”

Tags : Excuse Pretext Self Delusion
Source : Great Expectations

45. “God bless us, every one!”

Tags : Blessings Prayer
Source : A Christmas Carol

46. “Pip, dear old chap, life is made of ever so many partings welded together, as I may say, and one man’s a blacksmith, and one’s a whitesmith, and one’s a goldsmith, and one’s a coppersmith. Diwisions among such must come, and must be met as they come. If there’s been any fault at all to-day, it’s mine. You and me is not two figures to be together in London; nor yet anywheres else but what is private, and beknown, and understood among friends. It ain’t that I am proud, but that I want to be right, as you shall never see me no more in these clothes. I’m wrong in these clothes. I’m wrong out of the forge, the kitchen, or off th’ meshes. You won’t find half so much fault in me if you think me in forge dress, with my hammer in my hand, or even my pipe. You won’t find half so much fault in me if, supposing as you should ever wish to see me, you come and put your head in at the forge window and see Joe the blacksmith, there, at the old anvil, in the old burnt apron, sticking to the old work. I’m awful dull, but I hope I’ve beat out something nigh the rights of this at last. And so God bless you, dear old Pip, old chap, God bless you!”

Tags : Classism Friendship Great Expectations Pride Shame
Source : Great Expectations

47. “I have broken where I should have bent; and have mused and brooded, when my spirit should have mixed with all God's great creation. The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world, brother. I have turned from the world, and I pay the penalty.”

Tags : Brokenness Endurance
Source : Barnaby Rudge

48. “Every man's his own friend, my dear," replied Fagin, with his most insinuating grin. "He hasn't as good a one as himself anywhere."Except sometimes," replied Morris Bolter, assuming the air of a man of the world. "Some people are nobody's enemies but their own, yer know."Don't believe that!" said the Jew. "When a man's his own enemy, it's only because he's too much his own friend; not because he's careful for everybody but himself. Pooh! Pooh! There ain't such a thing in nature.”

Tags : Self Preservation
Source : Oliver Twist

49. “Be natural my children. For the writer that is natural has fulfilled all the rules of art."(Last words, according to Dickens's obituary in The Times.)”

Tags : Art Fulfillment Inspirational Last Words Natural Rules Writer
Source : Five Novels: Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations

50. “You are fettered," said Scrooge, trembling. "Tell me why?""I wear the chain I forged in life," replied the Ghost. "I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.”

Tags : Chains Choices
Source : A Christmas Carol

51. “In a utilitarian age, of all other times, it is a matter of grave importance that fairy tales should be respected."(Frauds on the Fairies, 1853)”

Tags : Fairy Tales Utilitarianism
Source : Works of Charles Dickens

52. “It is no worse, because I write of it. It would be no better, if I stopped my most unwilling hand. Nothing can undo it; nothing can make it otherwise than as it was. ”

Tags : Author Writer Writing
Source : David Copperfield

53. “I was only going to say," said Scrooge's nephew, "that the consequence of his taking a dislike to us, and not making merry with us, is, as I think, that he loses some pleasant moments, which could do him no harm. I am sure he loses pleasanter companions than he can find in his own thoughts, either in his mouldy old office or his dusty chambers. I mean to give him the same chance every year, whether he likes it or not, for I pity him. He may rail at Christmas till he dies, but he can't help thinking better of it—I defy him—if he finds me going there in good temper, year after year, and saying, 'Uncle Scrooge, how are you?' If it only puts him in the vein to leave his poor clerk fifty pounds, that's something.”

Tags : Family Ties
Source : A Christmas Carol

54. “I am sorry for him; I couldn't beangry with him if I tried. Who suffers by his ill whims? Himself always.Here he takes it into his head to dislike us, and he won't come and dinewith us. What's the consequence? He don't lose much of a dinner.""Indeed, I think he loses a very good dinner," interrupted Scrooge'sniece. Everybody else said the same, and they must be allowed to havebeen competent judges, because they had just had dinner; and, with thedessert upon the table, were clustered round the fire, by lamp-light.”

Tags : Family Ties Relationships
Source : A Christmas Carol

55. “Before I go," he said, and paused -- "I may kiss her?"It was remembered afterwards that when he bent down and touched her face with his lips, he murmured some words. The child, who was nearest to him, told them afterwards, and told her grandchildren when she was a handsome old lady, that she heard him say, "A life you love.”

Tags : Death Inspirational Love Made Me Cry Nobility Sacrifice
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

56. “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

Tags : Giving Helping Others

57. “[T]he wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile.”

Tags : Clichés Quotations Similes Well Worn Phrases Wisdom
Source : A Christmas Carol

58. “The suspense: the fearful, acute suspense: of standing idly by while the life of one we dearly love, is trembling in the balance; the racking thoughts that crowd upon the mind, and make the heart beat violently, and the breath come thick, by the force of the images they conjure up before it; the desperate anxiety to be doing something to relieve the pain, or lessen the danger, which we have no power to alleviate; the sinking of soul and spirit, which the sad remembrance of our helplessness produces; what tortures can equal these; what reflections of endeavours can, in the full tide and fever of the time, allay them!”

Tags : Anxiety Helplessness Loved Ones Sickness
Source : Oliver Twist

59. “Gold conjures up a mist about a man, more destructive of all his old senses and lulling to his feelings than the fumes of charcoal.”

Tags : Gold Greed Money
Source : Nicholas Nickleby

60. “There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”

Tags : Books Writing
Source : Oliver Twist

61. “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”

Tags : Literature

62. “What greater gift than the love of a cat.”

Tags : Cats Gifts Love

63. “Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”

Tags : Seasons
Source : Great Expectations

64. “The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.”

Tags : Chivalry

65. “He had been educated in no habits of application and concentration. The system which had addressed him in exactly the same manner as it had addressed hundreds of other boys, all varying in character and capacity, had enabled him to dash through his tasks, always with fair credit and often with distinction, but in a fitful, dazzling way that had confirmed his reliance on those very qualities in himself which it had been most desirable to direct and train. They were good qualities, without which no high place can be meritoriously won, but like fire and water, though excellent servants, they were very bad masters. If they had been under Richard’s direction, they would have been his friends; but Richard being under their direction, they became his enemies.”

Tags : Consistency Education Intelligence
Source : Bleak House

66. “This is the even-handed dealing of the world!" he said. "There is noth-ing on which it is so hard as poverty; and there is nothing it professes tocondemn with such severity as the pursuit of wealth!”

Tags : Idolatry Materialism Poverty
Source : A Christmas Carol

67. “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.”

Tags : Memory Regret
Source : Great Expectations

68. “The unqualified truth is, that when I loved Estella with the love of a man, I loved her simply because I found her irresistible. Once for all; I knew to my sorrow, often and often, if not always, that I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. Once for all; I love her none the less because I knew it, and it had no more influence in restraining me, than if I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection.”

Tags : Estella Irresistibility Love Perfection Pip
Source : Great Expectations

69. “Don't be afraid! We won't make an author of you, while there's an honest trade to be learnt, or brick-making to turn to.”

Tags : Authorship Self Deprecation
Source : Oliver Twist

70. “To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.”

Tags : Honesty

71. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Tags : First Sentence Opening Lines
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

72. “Marley was dead: to begin with.”

Tags : First Sentence
Source : A Christmas Carol

73. “We'll start to forget a place once we left it”

Tags : City
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

74. “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. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.”

Tags : Babies Birth Clocks Coincidence Famous Beginnings Heroes Midnight
Source : David Copperfield

75. “What connexion can there be, between the place in Lincolnshire, the house in town, the Mercury in powder, and the whereabout of Jo the outlaw with the broom, who had that distant ray of light upon him when he swept the churchyard-step? What connexion can there have been between many people in the innumerable histories of this world, who, from opposite sides of great gulfs, have, nevertheless, been very curiously brought together!”

Tags : Coincidence Fate
Source : Bleak House

76. “Mrs Joe was a very clean housekeeper, but had an exquisite art of making her clenliness more umcomfortable and unacceptable than dirt itself. Cleanliness is next to godliness, and some people do the same by their religion.”

Tags : Cleanliness Doctrine Exaggeration Primness Religion
Source : Great Expectations

77. “Dickens writes that one of his characters, "listened to everything without seeming to, which showed he understood his business.”

Tags : Attention Expertise Nonchalance
Source : Oliver Twist

78. “My heart is set, as firmly as ever heart of man was set on woman. I have no thought, no view, no hope, in life beyond her; and if you oppose me in this great stake, you take my peace and happiness in your hands, and cast them to the wind.”

Tags : Men True Love Women
Source : Oliver Twist

79. “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.”

Tags : Children Education Fair Play Injustice Punishment
Source : Great Expectations

80. “If I may ride with you, Citizen Evremonde, will you let me hold your hand? I am not afraid, but I am little and weak, and it will give me more courage." As the patient eyes were lifted to his face, he saw a sudden doubt in them, and then astonishment. He pressed the work-worn, hunger-worn young fingers, and touched his lips."Are you dying for him?" she whispered."And his wife and child. Hush! Yes.""Oh, you will let me hold your brave hand, stranger?""Hush! Yes, my poor sister; to the last.”

Tags : Falsehood Lovers Sadness Truths
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

81. “the lesser grindstone stood alone there in the calm morning air, with a red upon it that the sun had never given, and would never take away.”

Tags : Blood Red The Sun
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

82. “The privileges of the side-table included the small prerogatives of sitting next to the toast, and taking two cups of tea to other people's one.”

Tags : Meals Privileges Tea
Source : Martin Chuzzlewit

83. “A man may live to be as old as Methuselah,’ said Mr. Filer, ‘and may labour all his life for the benefit of such people as those; and may heap up facts on figures, facts on figures, facts on figures, mountains high and dry; and he can no more hope to persuade ’em that they have no right or business to be married, than he can hope to persuade ’em that they have no earthly right or business to be born. And that we know they haven’t. We reduced it to a mathematical certainty long ago!”

Tags : Facts Poor People Poverty
Source : The Chimes

84. “Mrs. Pocket was at home, and was in a little difficulty, on account of the baby's having been accommodated with a needle case to keep him quiet during the unaccountable absence (with a relative in the Foot Guards) of Millers. And more needles were missing than it could be regarded as quite wholesome for a patient of such tender years either to apply externally or to take as a tonic.”

Tags : Baby Dickens Great Expectations Needle Tonic

85. “Estella, to the last hour of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. But, in this separation I associate you only with the good, and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you must have done me far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress I may. O God bless you, God forgive you!”

Tags : Endless Love Farewell Letter
Source : Great Expectations

86. “There have been occasions in my later life (I suppose as in most lives) when I have felt for a time as if a thick curtain had fallen on all its interest and romance, to shut me out from anything save dull endurance any more. Never has that curtain dropped so heavy and blank, as when my way in life lay stretched out straight before me through the newly-entered road of apprenticeship to Joe.”

Tags : Destiny Hopelessness
Source : Great Expectations

87. “It is the most miserable thing to feel ashamed at home.”

Tags : Family Forgiveness Graciousness Marriage Parenthood Relationships
Source : Great Expectations

88. “I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me.”

Tags : A Tale Of Two Cities Alone Charles Dickens Depressed Depression Dickens Life Lonely Philosophy Sad Self Loathing Self Worth Sydney Carton
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

89. “Bleak, dark, and piercing cold, it was a night for the well-housed and fed to draw round the bright fire, and thank God they were at home; and for the homeless starving wretch to lay him down and die. Many hunger-worn outcasts close their eyes in our bare streets at such times, who, let their crimes have been what they may, can hardly open them in a more bitter world.”

Tags : Homelessness
Source : Oliver Twist

90. “Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.”

Tags : Homecoming

91. “How slight a thing will disturb the equanimity of our frail minds!”

Tags : Minds State Of Mind
Source : Oliver Twist

92. “Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.”

Tags : Home

93. “When I have come to you, at last (as I have always done), I have come topeace and happiness. I come home, now, like a tired traveller, and findsuch a blessed sense of rest!”

Tags : Charles Dickens David Copperfield Happiness Home Peace Traveler

94. “I never heard that it had been anybody’s business to find out what his natural bent was, or where his failings lay, or to adapt any kind of knowledge to him. He had been adapted to the verses and had learnt the art of making them to such perfection. I did doubt whether Richard would not have profited by some one studying him a little, instead of his studying them quite so much.”

Tags : Education Mentoring Talent Vocation
Source : Bleak House

95. “My sister's bringing up had made me sensitive. 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. It may be only small injustice that the child can be exposed to; but the child is small, and its world is small, and its rocking-horse stands as many hands high, according to scale, as a big-boned Irish hunter. Within myself, I had sustained, from my babyhood, a perpetual conflict with injustice. I had known, from the time when I could speak, that my sister, in her capricious and violent coercion, was unjust to me. I had cherished a profound conviction that her bringing me up by hand, gave her no right to bring me up by jerks. Through all my punishments, disgraces, fasts and vigils, and other penitential performances, I had nursed this assurance; and to my communing so much with it, in a solitary and unprotected way, I in great part refer the fact that I was morally timid and very sensitive.”

Tags : Childhood Fairness Upbringing
Source : Great Expectations

96. “I must do something or I shall wear my heart away...”

Tags : Action Heart

97. “How could you give me life, and take from me all the inappreciable things that raise it from the state of conscious death? Where are the graces of my soul? Where are the sentiments of my heart? What have you done, oh, Father, What have you done with the garden that should have bloomed once, in this great wilderness here? Said louisa as she touched her heart.”

Tags : Heart Pain Sad
Source : Hard Times

98. “Very strange things comes to our knowledge in families, miss; bless your heart, what you would think to be phenomenons, quite ... Aye, and even in gen-teel families, in high families, in great families ... and you have no idea ... what games goes on!”

Tags : Detection Detectives Families Family Life Gentility Hidden Guilt Hidden Shame Mysteries Secrecy Secrets Society Victorian Society
Source : Bleak House

99. “The mother who lay in the grave, was the mother of my infancy; the little creature in her arms, was myself, as I had once been, hushed for ever on her bosom.”

Tags : David Copperfield Fiction

100. “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.”

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Source : Great Expectations

101. “She dotes on poetry, sir. She adores it; I may say that her whole soul and mind are wound up, and entwined with it. She has produced some delightful pieces, herself, sir. You may have met with her 'Ode to an Expiring Frog,' sir.”

Tags : Folly Frog Humor Mind Ode Poetry Soul
Source : The Pickwick Papers

102. “He was touched in the cavity where his heart should have been, in that nest of addled eggs, where the birds of heaven would have lived if they had not been whistled away, by the fervour of this reproach.”

Tags : Hard Times

103. “My sister having so much to do, was going to church vicariously, that is to say, Joe and I were going.”

Tags : Avoidance Church Excuses Humor Pretext Vicarious Doings
Source : Great Expectations

104. “It was the shadow of Some one who had gone by long before: of Some one who had gone on far away quite out of reach, never, never to come back. It was bright to look at; and when the tiny woman showed it to the Princess, she was proud of it with all her heart, as a great, great, treasure. When the Princess had considered it a little while, she said to the tiny woman, And you keep watch over this, every day? And she cast down her eyes, and whispered, Yes. Then the Princess said, Remind me why. To which the other replied, that no one so good and so kind had ever passed that way, and that was why in the beginning. She said, too, that nobody missed it, that nobody was the worse for it, that Some one had gone on to those who were expecting him-- 'Some one was a man then?' interposed Maggy. Little Dorrit timidly said yes, she believed so; and resumed:'-- Had gone on to those who were expecting him, and that this remembrance was stolen or kept back from nobody. The Princess made answer, Ah! But when the cottager died it would be discovered there. The tiny woman told her No; when that time came, it would sink quietly into her own grave, and would never be found.”

Tags : Loneliness Love Secrets Shadows
Source : Little Dorrit

105. “But you were always a good man of business, Jacob,' faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself.Business!' cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”

Tags : Business Charity
Source : A Christmas Carol

106. “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.”

Tags : Angry Dark Defarge Inspirational Ironic
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

107. “That, they never could lay their heads upon their pillows; that, they could never tolerate the idea of their wives laying their heads upon their pillows; that, they could never endure the notion of their children laying their heads on their pillows; in short , that there never more could be , for them or theirs , any laying of heads upon pillows at all , unless the prisioner's head was taken off.The Attorney General during the trial of Mr. Darnay ”

Tags : Court Dickens Funny Heads Humor
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

108. “Mr Lorry asks the witness questions:Ever been kicked? Might have been.Frequently? No. Ever kicked down stairs? Decidedly not; once received a kick at the top of a staircase, and fell down stairs of his own accord.”

Tags : Courtroom Dickens Humor Lie Witness
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

109. “To this it must be added, that life in a wig is to a large class of people much more terrifying and impressive than life with its own head of hair …”

Tags : Courtroom
Source : The Old Curiosity Shop

110. “Nothingever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the onset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have a malady in the less attractive forms.”

Tags : Mockery Optimism Skepticism
Source : A Christmas Carol

111. “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.”

Tags : Biography Opening Lines
Source : David Copperfield

112. “I mean a man whose hopes and aims may sometimes lie (as most men's sometimes do, I dare say) above the ordinary level, but to whom the ordinary level will be high enough after all if it should prove to be a way of usefulness and good service leading to no other. All generous spirits are ambitious, I suppose, but the ambition that calmly trusts itself to such a road, instead of spasmodically trying to fly over it, is of the kind I care for.”

Tags : Ambition Contentment Diligence Generosity Service Usefulness Work
Source : Bleak House

113. “You are hard at work madam ," said the man near her.Yes," Answered Madam Defarge ; " I have a good deal to do."What do you make, Madam ?"Many things."For instance ---"For instance," returned Madam Defarge , composedly ,Shrouds."The man moved a little further away, as soon as he could, feeling it mightily close and oppressive .”

Tags : Dickens France Funny Humor Mob Revolution Rude Shrouds
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

114. “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.”

Tags : Advice Copperfield Debt Dickens Frugality Income Micawber Money Motivational Pecuniary
Source : David Copperfield

115. “Those darling byegone times, Mr Carker,' said Cleopatra, 'with their delicious fortresses, and their dear old dungeons, and their delightful places of torture, and their romantic vengeances, and their picturesque assaults and sieges, and everything that makes life truly charming! How dreadfully we have degenerated!”

Tags : Fortresses Humor Irony Medieval Middle Ages Nostalgia Torture War
Source : Dombey and Son

116. “Mr. Gradgrind, apprised of his wife's decease, made an expedition from London, and buried her in a business-like manner. He then returned with promptitude to the national cinder-heap, and resumed his sifting for the odds and ends he wanted, and his throwing of the dust about into they eyes of other people who wanted other odds and ends - in fact, he resumed his parliamentary duties.”

Tags : Parliament Politics Quotes
Source : Hard Times

117. “...if they would but think how hard it is for the very poor to have engendered in their hearts, that love of home from which all domestic virtues spring, when they live in dense and squalid masses where social decency is lost, or rather never found ... and [those who rule] strive to improve the wretched dwellings in bye-ways where only Poverty may walk ... In hollow voices from Workhouse, Hospital, and jail, this truth is preached from day to day, and has been proclaimed for years.”

Tags : Poverty Inequality
Source : The Old Curiosity Shop

118. “I know enough of the world now to have almost lost the capacity of being much surprised by anything”

Tags : Experience Surprise
Source : David Copperfield

119. “You are in every line I have ever read.”

Tags : Pip
Source : Great Expectations

120. “I never had one hour's happiness in her society, and yet my mind all round the four-and-twenty hours was harping on the happiness of having her with me unto death.”

Tags : Estella Happiness Pip
Source : Great Expectations

121. “In a word, it was impossible for me to separate her, in the past or in the present, from the innermost life of my life.”

Tags : Charles Dickens Estella Love Love Quotes Pip Romance
Source : Great Expectations

122. “The secret was such an old one now, had so grown into me and become a part of myself, that I could not tear it away.”

Tags : Great Expectations Pip
Source : Great Expectations

123. “She stood looking at me, and, of course, I stood looking at her."Am I pretty?""Yes; I think you are very pretty.""Am I insulting?""Not so much so as you were last time," said I."Not so much so?""No."She fired when she asked the last question, and she slapped my face with such force as she had, when I answered it. "Now," said she. "You little course monster, what do you think of me now?""I shall not tell you.""Because you are going to tell upstairs. Is that it?""No," said I. "That is not it.""Why don't you cry again, you little wretch?""Because I'll never cry for you again," said I.”

Tags : Charles Dickens Estella Great Expectations Pip

124. “In una parola, ero troppo codardo per fare quello che sapevo essere giusto, così come ero stato troppo codardo per evitare di fare quello che sapevo sbagliato. A quel tempo, non avevo avuto nessuna esperienza del mondo e non imitavo nessuno dei suoi molti abitanti che agiscono in questo modo. Genio assolutamente naturale, scoprii questa linea di condotta tutto da solo.”

Tags : Grandi Speranze Growth Italiano Life Morality Pip
Source : Great Expectations

125. “Nel piccolo mondo in cui i bambini vivono la loro esistenza, chiunque li allevi, non c'è nulla che venga percepito più acutamente dell'ingiustizia. Può darsi che sia solo una piccola ingiustizia quella che il bambino si trova a subire; ma il bambino è piccolo, e il suo mondo è piccolo, e il suo cavallino a dondolo è tante spanne più alto di lui quanto, in proporzione, un cavallo irlandese dalla grossa ossatura. Io, dentro di me, avevo sostenuto un perpetuo conflitto contro l'ingiustizia fin dalla prima infanzia.”

Tags : Childhood Grandi Speranze Injustice Italiano Pip
Source : Great Expectations

126. “Biddy was never insulting, or capricious, or Biddy to-day and somebody else to-morrow; she would have derived only pain, and no pleasure, from giving me pain; she would far rather have wounded her own breast than mine. How could it be, then, that I did not like her much the better of the two?”

Tags : Pip
Source : Great Expectations

127. “Está feliz por se despedir de novo, Estella? Pois, para mim, as despedidas são uma coisa dolorosa. Para mim, a lembrança de nossa última despedida será sempre dolorosa.”

Tags : Adeus Despedida Estella Havisham Pip
Source : Great Expectations

128. “...sapevo, con mio grande dolore, molto spesso, se non sempre, che l'amavo a dispetto della ragione, a dispetto di ogni promessa, a dispetto della mia pace, a dispetto della speranza, a dispetto della felicità, a dispetto di ogni possibile scoraggiamento. Una volta per tutte: non l'amavo di meno perché lo sapevo, e il fatto che lo sapessi non valeva a frenarmi...”

Tags : Charles Dickens Estella Grandi Speranze Great Expectations Pip
Source : Great Expectations

129. “The mists had all solemnly risen now, and the world lay spread before me.”

Tags : Pip
Source : Great Expectations

130. “Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.”

Tags : Classic Micawber Procrastination
Source : David Copperfield

131. “I never could have done what I have done, without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one object at a time.”

Tags : Classic
Source : David Copperfield

132. “Trifles make the sum of life. ”

Tags : Classic
Source : David Copperfield

133. “He thought of the number of girls and women she had seen marry, how many homes with children in them she had seen grow up around her, how she had contentedly pursued her own lone quite path-for him.~ Stephen speaking of Rachael”

Tags : Classic Love Waiting
Source : Hard Times

134. “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.”

Tags : Conditioned Estella Failure Success Training
Source : Great Expectations

135. “Now, to be sure, Mrs Varden thought, here is a perfect character. Here is a meek, righteous, thoroughgoing Christian, who, having mastered all these qualities, so difficult of attainment; who, having dropped a pinch of salt on the tails of all the cardinal virtues, and caught them everyone; makes light of their possession, and pants for more morality. For the good woman never doubted (as many good men and women never do), that this slighting kind of profession, this setting so little store by great matters, this seeming to say, ‘I am not proud, I am what you hear, but I consider myself no better than other people; let us change the subject, pray’—was perfectly genuine and true. He so contrived it, and said it in that way that it appeared to have been forced from him, and its effect was marvellous.Aware of the impression he had made—few men were quicker than he at such discoveries—Mr Chester followed up the blow by propounding certain virtuous maxims, somewhat vague and general in their nature, doubtless, and occasionally partaking of the character of truisms, worn a little out at elbow, but delivered in so charming a voice and with such uncommon serenity and peace of mind, that they answered as well as the best. Nor is this to be wondered at; for as hollow vessels produce a far more musical sound in falling than those which are substantial, so it will oftentimes be found that sentiments which have nothing in them make the loudest ringing in the world, and are the most relished.”

Tags : Characterization Deception Hypocrisy Sarcasm Two Faced
Source : Barnaby Rudge

136. “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, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Tags : Dramatic Effect Period Theme
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

137. “I was glad to be tenderly remembered, to be gently pitied, not to be quite forgotten.”

Tags : Esther Summerson Love Remembered
Source : Bleak House

138. “...Mr. Wegg sits down on a box in front of the fire, and inhales a warm and comfortable smell which is not the smell of the shop. 'For that,' Mr. Wegg inwardly decides, as he takes a corrective sniff or two, 'is musty, leathery, feathery, cellary, gluey, gummy, and,' with another sniff, 'as it might be, strong of old pairs of bellows.”

Tags : Good Writing
Source : Our Mutual Friend

139. “Show Pleasant Riderhood a Wedding in the street, and she only saw two people taking out a regular license to quarrel and fight. Show her a Christening, and she saw a little heathen personage having a quite superfluous name bestowed upon it, inasmuch as it would be commonly addressed by some abusive epithet; which little personage was not in the least wanted by anybody, and would be shoved and banged out of everybody's way, until it should grow big enough to shove and bang. Show her a Funeral, and she saw an unremunerative ceremony in the nature of a black masquerade, conferring a temporary gentility on the performers, at an immense expense, and representing the only formal party ever given by the deceased. Show her a live father, and she saw but a duplicate of her own father, who from her infancy had been taken with fits and starts of discharging his duty to her, which duty was always incorporated in the form of a fist or a leathern strap, and being discharged hurt her. All things considered, therefore, Pleasant Riderhood was not so very, very bad.”

Tags : Character Description Good Writing
Source : Our Mutual Friend

140. “There was a piece of ornamental water immediately below the parapet, on the other side, into which Mr. James Harthouse had a very strong inclination to pitch Mr. Thomas Gradgrind Junior.”

Tags : Funny Humour Temper
Source : Hard Times

141. “He cross-examined his very wine when he had nothing else at hand.”

Tags : Argumentativeness Calling Discontentment Idolatry Job Temperament Vocation
Source : Great Expectations

142. “Pride is not all of one kind.”

Tags : False Humility Spiritual Warfare Subtlety
Source : Great Expectations

143. “Then it is your opinion…that a man should never-“-Invest in portable property in a friend?”… “Certainly he should not. Unless he wants to get rid of the friend- and then it becomes a question how much portable property it may be worth to get rid of him.”

Tags : Borrowing Friend Investing

144. “[Credit is a system whereby] a person who can't pay, gets another person who can't pay, to guarantee that he can pay.”

Tags : Credit Debt Money
Source : Little Dorrit

145. “He didn’t at all see why the busy bee should be proposed as a model to him; he supposed the Bee liked to make honey, or he wouldn’t do it — nobody asked him. It was not necessary for the bee to make such a merit of his tastes.”

Tags : Credit Deserving Merit Merit
Source : Bleak House

146. “All other swindlers upon earth are nothing compared to self-swindlers.”

Tags : Authenticity Hypocrisy Thought Life Transparency
Source : Great Expectations

147. “have you taken leave of your senses”

Tags : Insanity
Source : David Copperfield

148. “Mrs General had no opinions. Her way of forming a mind was to prevent it from forming opinions. She had a little circular set of mental grooves or rails on which she started little trains of other people's opinions, which never overtook one another, and never got anywhere.”

Tags : Education Mrs General Opinions
Source : Little Dorrit

149. “A display of indifference to all the actions and passions of mankind was not supposed to be such a distinguished quality at that time, I think, as I have observed it to be considered since. I have known it very fashionable indeed. I have seen it displayed with such success, that I have encountered some fine ladies and gentlemen who might as well have been born caterpillars.”

Tags : Detachment Passion
Source : David Copperfield

150. “Martin took the same course, thinking as he went, that perhaps the free and independent citizens, who in their moral elevation, owned the colonel for their master, might render better homage to the goddess, Liberty, in nightly dreams upon the oven of a Russian Serf.”

Tags : Freedom Liberty Pompous
Source : Martin Chuzzlewit

151. “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.”

Tags : Crooks Lawyers
Source : The Old Curiosity Shop

152. “What do you mean, Phib?" asked Miss Squeers, looking in her own little glass, where, like most of us, she saw - not herself, but the reflection of some pleasant image in her own brain.”

Tags : Mirrors Self Deception Self Perception
Source : Nicholas Nickleby

153. “[S]he stood for some moments gazing at the sisters, with affection beaming in one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.”

Tags : Calculation Expression Eyes Hypocrisy
Source : Martin Chuzzlewit

154. “En zo, bij dag en bij nacht, onder zon en sterrenlicht, over heuvelen en door eenzame vlakten, over land en zee trekkend, gaande en komende zoals het lot wil, steeds andere mensen ontmoetend, zo trekken wij, rusteloze reizigers door de pelgrimstocht die het leven heet.”

Tags : Inspirational Leven Little Dorrit Lot Reizen Rusteloos
Source : Little Dorrit: Volume 1

155. “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.”

Tags : Actions Darkness Human Nature Optimism Perception Perspective Pessimism Subconscious Thoughts
Source : Oliver Twist

156. “There are very few moments in a man's existence when he experiences so much ludicrous distress, or meets with so little charitable commiseration, as when he is in pursuit of his own hat.”

Tags : Charles Dickens Disease Victorian
Source : The Pickwick Papers

157. “And here you see me working out, as cheerfully and thankfully as I may, my doom of sharing in the glass a constant change of customers, and of lying down and rising up with the skeleton allotted to me for my mortal companion.”

Tags : Charles Dickens Victorian Writing Life
Source : The Haunted House

158. “There are only two styles of portrait painting: the serious and the smirk.”

Tags : Art Expression Portrait Serious

159. “During the whole time consumed in the slow growth of this family tree, the house of Smallweed, always early to go out and late to marry, has strengthened itself in its practical character, has discarded all amusements, discountenanced all story-books, fairy-tales, fictions, and fables, and banished all levities whatsoever. Hence the gratifying fact that it has had no child born to it and that the complete little men and women whom it has produced have been observed to bear a likeness to old monkeys with something depressing on their minds.”

Tags : Character Family Tree Heritage Seriousness
Source : Bleak House

160. “LONDON. Michaelmas Term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall. Implacable November weather. As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill. Smoke lowering down from chimney-pots, making a soft black drizzle, with flakes of soot in it as big as full-grown snow-flakes — gone into mourning, one might imagine, for the death of the sun. Dogs, undistinguishable in mire. Horses, scarcely better; splashed to their very blinkers. Foot passengers, jostling one another’s umbrellas in a general infection of ill-temper, and losing their foot-hold at street-corners, where tens of thousands of other foot passengers have been slipping and sliding since the day broke (if the day ever broke), adding new deposits to the crust upon crust of mud, sticking at those points tenaciously to the pavement, and accumulating at compound interest. Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog on the Essex marshes, fog on the Kentish heights. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards, and hovering in the rigging of great ships; fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats. Fog in the eyes and throats of ancient Greenwich pensioners, wheezing by the firesides of their wards; fog in the stem and bowl of the afternoon pipe of the wrathful skipper, down in his close cabin; fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers of his shivering little ’prentice boy on deck. Chance people on the bridges peeping over the parapets into a nether sky of fog, with fog all round them, as if they were up in a balloon, and hanging in the misty clouds. Gas looming through the fog in divers places in the streets, much as the sun may, from the spongey fields, be seen to loom by husbandman and ploughboy. Most of the shops lighted two hours before their time — as the gas seems to know, for it has a haggard and unwilling look. The raw afternoon is rawest, and the dense fog is densest, and the muddy streets are muddiest near that leaden-headed old obstruction, appropriate ornament for the threshold of a leaden-headed old corporation, Temple Bar. And hard by Temple Bar, in Lincoln’s Inn Hall, at the very heart of the fog, sits the Lord High Chancellor in his High Court of Chancery.”

Tags : Autumn Bleak House Classic Literature Courts Dickens Fall Fog Justice System London November
Source : Bleak House

161. “... I have always thought of Christmas-time... as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”

Tags : Christmas Condescending Elitist Poverty Wealth Wealthy
Source : A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

162. “My advice is, never do to-morrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!”

Tags : Procrastination
Source : David Copperfield

163. “... But love is blind; and Nathaniel had a cast in his eye; and perhaps these two circumstances, taken together, prevented his seeing the matter in its proper light.”

Tags : Cast Eye Love Is Blind
Source : The Pickwick Papers

164. “I found myself with a perseverance worthy of a much better cause.”

Tags : Discipleship Focus Materialism Obsessions Openness
Source : Great Expectations

165. “He was always so zealous and honorable in fulfilling his compact with me, that he made me zealous and honorable in fulfilling mine with him. If he had shown indifference as a master, I have no doubt I should have returned the compliment as a pupil. He gave me no such excuse, and each of us did the other justice.”

Tags : Attitude Discipleship Education Enthusiasm Mentoring Professionalism
Source : Great Expectations

166. “It was not because I had a strong sense of the virtue of industry, but because Joe had a strong sense of the virtue of industry, that I worked with tolerable zeal against the grain.”

Tags : Discipleship Inspiration Laziness Leadership Mentoring Parenthood
Source : Great Expectations

167. “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

Tags : Christmas

168. “There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,' returned the nephew. 'Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”

Tags : Christmas Holidays
Source : A Christmas Carol

169. “This was a vagrant of sixty-five, who was going to prison for not playing the flute; or, in other words, for begging in the streets, and doing noting for his livelihood. In the next cell, was another man, who was going to the same prison for hawking tin saucepans without a licence; thereby doing something for his living, in defiance of the Stamp-office.”

Tags : Humor Irony
Source : Oliver Twist

170. “He would make a lovely corpse.”

Tags : Other
Source : Martin Chuzzlewit

171. “You might, from your appearance, be the wife of Lucifer,” said Miss Pross, in her breathing. “Nevertheless, you shall not get the better of me. I am an Englishwoman.”

Tags : Courage Devil Englishmen Englishwomen Lucifer Match
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

172. “He [Mr. Snagsby] is a mild, bald, timid man with a shining head and a scrubby clump of black hair sticking out at the back. He tends to meekness and obesity.”

Tags : Bald Mild Obesity Timid
Source : Bleak House

173. “Sudden shifts and changes are no bad preparation for political life.”

Tags : Adaptability Change Humility Leadership
Source : Oliver Twist

174. “He knew more of my intended career than I knew myself. I should be well enough educated for my destiny if I could "hold my own" with average young man in prosperous circumstances.”

Tags : Adaptability Career Counseling Liberal Arts Openness
Source : Great Expectations

175. “All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers, and with such pretences did I cheat myself.”

Tags : Life Survival
Source : Great Expectations

176. “When they took a young man into Tellson's London house, they hid him somewhere till he was old. They kept him in a dark place, like a cheese, until he had the full Tellson flavour and blue-mould upon him. Then only was he permitted to be seen, spectacularly poring over large books, and casting his breeches and gaiters into the general weight of the establishment.”

Tags : Banks Clerks
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

177. “You've got the key of the street.”

Tags : Street
Source : The Pickwick Papers

178. “He wouldn't hear of anybody's paying taxes, though he was very patriotic.”

Tags : Civil Fabric Culture Rhetoric Selfishness
Source : Great Expectations

179. “Indeed this gentleman's stoicism was of that not uncommon kind, which enables a man to bear with exemplary fortitude the afflictions of his friends, but renders him, by way of counterpoise, rather selfish and sensitive in respect of any that happen to befall himself.”

Tags : Self Centeredness Selfishness Sensitiveness Stoicism
Source : Barnaby Rudge

180. “It is known, to the force of a single pound weight, what the engine will do; but, not all the calculators of the National Debt can tell me the capacity for good or evil, for love or hatred, for patriotism or discontent, for the decomposition of virtue into vice, or the reverse.”

Tags : Feelings Pragmatism Values
Source : Hard Times

181. “When she spoke, Tom held his breath, so eagerly he listened; when she sang, he sat like one entranced. She touched his organ, and from that bright epoch even it, the old companion of his happiest hours, incapable as he had thought of elevation, began a new and deified existence.”

Tags : Double Entendre Falling In Love
Source : Martin Chuzzlewit

182. “Hush. Don't ask any questions. It's always best on these occasions to do what the mob do.""But suppose there are two mobs?" suggested Mr. Snodgrass. "Shout with the largest," replied Mr. Pickwick. Volumes could not have said more.”

Tags : Mob Tip
Source : The Pickwick Papers

183. “There was no noise, no effort, no consciences in anything he did, but in everything an indescribable lightness, a seeming impossibility of doing nothing else, or doing nothing better, which was so graceful, so natural & agreeable”

Tags : Doing Good
Source : David Copperfield

184. “Tom" softly over the coach-roof. "Hallo", Joe." "Did you hear the message?" "I did, Joe." "What did you make of it, Tom?" "Nothing at all, Joe.""That's a coincidence, too" the guard mused, "for I made the same of it myself.”

Tags : Coincidence Joe Tale Of Two Cities Tom
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

185. “A very little key will open a very heavy door.”

Tags : Doors Keys
Source : Hunted Down

186. “Moths, and all sorts of ugly creatures," replied Estella, with a glance towards him, "hover about a lighted candle. Can the candle help it?”

Tags : Charles Dickens Estella Great Expectations Moth

187. “But the sun itself, however beneficent, generally, was less kind to Coketown than hard frost, and rarely looked intently into any of its closer regions without engendering more death than life. So does the eye of Heaven itself become an evil eye, when incapable or sordid hands are interposed between it and the thing it looks upon to bless.”

Tags : Environmental Degradation Human Impact Industrial Revolution
Source : Hard Times

188. “We have had for breakfast, toasts, cakes, a yorkshire pie, a piece of beef about the size and much the shape of my portmanteau, tea, coffee, ham and eggs...”

Tags : Food Letters

189. “His high spiced wares were made to sell, and they sold; and his thousands of readers could as rationally charge their delight in filth upon him, as a glutton can shift upon his cook the responsibility of his beastly excess.”

Tags : Cook Food Newspaper Readers Responsibilty
Source : Martin Chuzzlewit

190. “. . . such a rush immediately ensued that she with laughing face and plundered dress was borne towards it the centre of a flushed and boisterous group, just in time to greet the father, who came home attended by a man laden with Christmas toys and presents. Then the shouting and the struggling, and the onslaught that was made on the defenceless porter! Then scaling him, with chairs for ladders, to dive into his pockets, despoil him of brown-paper parcels, hold on tight by his cravat, hug him round the neck, pommel his back and kick his legs in irrepressible affection! The shouts of wonder and delight with wich the development of every package was received! The terrible announcement that the baby had been taken in the act of putting a doll's frying-pan into his mouth, and was more than suspected of having swallowed a fictitious turkey, glued on a wooden platter! The immense relief of finding this false alarm! The joy, and gratitude, and ecstasy! They are indescribable alike. It is enough that by degrees the children and their emotions got out of the parlor, and by one stair at a time up to the top of the house; where they went to bed, and so subsided.”

Tags : Children Father Playful
Source : A Christmas Carol and The Night Before Christmas

191. “The streets looked small, of course. The streets that we have only seen as children always do I believe when we go back to them”

Tags : Childhood Memories
Source : David Copperfield

192. “He has the power to render us happy or unhappy, to make our service light or burdensome, a pleasure or a toil. Say that his power lies in words and looks, in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count 'em up; what then? The happiness he gives is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.”

Tags : Attitude Boss Business Kindness Leadership
Source : A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

193. “The purpose was, that I would go to Biddy, that I would show her how humbled and repentant I came back, that I would tell her how I had lost all I once hoped for, that I would remind her of our old confidences in my first unhappy time. Then, I would say to her, "Biddy, I think you once liked me very well, when my errant heart, even while it strayed away from you, was quieter and better with you than it ever has been since. If you can like me only half as well once more, if you can take me with all my faults and disappointments on my head, if you can receive me like a forgiven child (and indeed I am so sorry, Biddy, and have as much need of a hushing voice and a soothing hand), I hope I am a little worthier of you than I was --not much, but a little. And Biddy, it shall rest with you to say whether I shall work at the forge with Joe, or whether I shall try for any different occupation down in this country, or whether we shall go away to a distant place where an opportunity awaits me, which I set aside when it was offered, until I knew your answer. And now, dear Biddy, if you can tell me that you will go through the world with me, you will surely make it a better world for me, and me a better man for it, and I will try hard to make it a better world for you.”

Tags : Remorse
Source : Great Expectations

194. “He had no cause for self-reproach on the score of neglect, or want of thought, for he had been devoted to her service; and yet a hundret little occasions rose up before him on which he fancied he might have been more zealous, and more earnest, and wished he had been. We need be careful how we deal with those about us; when every death carries to some small circle of survivors, thoughts of so much omitted, and so little done; of so many things forgotten, and so many more which might have been repaired. There is no remorse so deep, as that which is unavailing; if we would be spared its tortures, let us remember this, in time.”

Tags : Death Remorse
Source : Oliver Twist

195. “...he walked up and down through life.”

Tags : Beautiful Power Of Words

196. “The life of Shakespeare is a fine mystery and I tremble every day lest something turn up.”

Tags : Anonymous Author Bruce Hutchison Burghley Cecil Burghley Child Children De Vere Edward De Vere Fake Fraud Handwriting Love S Labor Lost Mark Anderson Queen Elizabeth I Secret Child Shakespeare Shakespeare S Signature Shakespeare Signature Who Was Shakespeare Who Wrote Shakespeare

197. “It is because I think so much of warm and sensitive hearts, that I would spare them from being wounded.”

Tags : Heartbreak Sensitive Warm Hearts
Source : Oliver Twist

198. “[W]e talk about the tyranny of words, but we like to tyrannise over them too; we are fond of having a large superfluous establishment of words to wait upon us on great occasions; we think it looks important, and sounds well. As we are not particular about the meaning of our liveries on state occassions, if they be but fine and numerous enough, so, the meaning or necessity of our words is a secondary consideration, if there be but a great parade of them. And as individuals get into trouble by making too great a show of liveries, or as slaves when they are too numerous rise against their masters, so I think I could mention a nation that has got into many great difficulties, and will get into many greater, from maintaining too large a retinue of words.”

Tags : Loquacity Words
Source : David Copperfield

199. “Why, Mrs. Piper has a good deal to say, chiefly in parentheses and without punctuation, but not much to tell.”

Tags : Loquacity
Source : Bleak House

200. “I believe that virtue shows quite as well in rags and patches as she does in purple and fine linen,... even if Gargery and Boffin did not speak like gentlemen, they were gentlemen.”

Tags : Class System Dialect