The best Quotes from A Tale of Two Cities

The best Quotes from A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities is a historical novel published in 1859 by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris, and his release to live in London with his daughter Lucie whom he had never met.

I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul.
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A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
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There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
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Mr. Lorry knew Miss Pross to be very jealous, but he also knew her by this time to be, beneath the service of her eccentricity, one of those unselfish creatures—found only among women—who will, for pure love and admiration, bind themselves willing slaves, to youth when they have lost it, to beauty that they never had, to accomplishments that they were never fortunate enough to gain, to bright hopes that never shone upon their own sombre lives.
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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.
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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.
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For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.
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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.
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"Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead," said Scrooge. "But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change."
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A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
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Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.
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The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.
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Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years it was a splendid laugh!
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But, tears were not the things to find their way to Mr. Bumble's soul; his heart was waterproof.
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Some people are nobody's enemies but their own.
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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.
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There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.
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There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.
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It is strange with how little notice, good, bad, or indifferent, a man may live and die in London.
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There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.
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Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
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No space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused.
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Please, sir, I want some more.
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It is because I think so much of warm and sensitive hearts, that I would spare them from being wounded.
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There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
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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.
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Yes, on the ground.
Charles Dickens - auf Drängen seiner Schwägerin sich hinzulegen - letzte Worte
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Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events; the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter.
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In the little world in which children have their existence, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice.
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I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.
So you're single? In Paris? Now I'm even more jealous. I mean, your life is croissants and sex.
Madeline Wheeler in Emily in Paris - Season 1 Episode 3
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I make the most money, I think, in Russia and Paris, for the people of those countries are so willing to be amused, so eager to see something new and out of the ordinary.
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If Paris is a city of lights, Sydney is the city of fireworks.
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An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.
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Quagmire: "You got to help me. I'm looking for a little boy with red overalls and a yellow shirt."
French Man: "You are looking to buy or to rent?"
Quagmire: "What? No! God! How is Paris considered a classy city?"
French Man: "The buildings are beautiful, the people are trash."
Do you realize this city is laid out in circles? Like they deliberately designed it to confuse us.
Emily Cooper in Emily in Paris - Season 1 Episode 2
Paris seems like a big city, but it's really just a small town.
Camille in Emily in Paris - Season 1 Episode 4
If you're curious, London's an amazing place.
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I've often thought a blind man could find his way through London simply by gauging the changes in innuendo: mild through Trafalgar Square, less veiled towards the river.
Louis Bayard - Mr. Timothy
I have nothing against Orlando, though you are, of course, far more likely to get shot or robbed there than in London.
I don't miss London much. I find it crowded, vast and difficult to get around. Cabs are incredibly expensive.
London. The beating heart of England.
England is my home. London is my home. New York feels like, if I have to spend a year living in an unfamiliar city, this is a pretty lovely one to spend a year in, but I will be going home at the end of it, certainly.
Fashion needs fresh blood, and London is the most creative place for that.
Christmas? Shut up!
Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol - Von Ebenezer Scrooge
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.
Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies.

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