Quotes by Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.

Quotes by Charles Dickens

For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.

Children & Childhood, ChristmasCharles Dickens in A Christmas Carol
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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.

ChristmasCharles Dickens in A Christmas Carol
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I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul.

Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities
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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.

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

Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities
 
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities
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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.

Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities
 
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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.

Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities
 
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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.

Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities
 
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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."

Life, Fate & DestinyCharles Dickens in A Christmas Carol
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It is strange with how little notice, good, bad, or indifferent, a man may live and die in London.

LondonCharles Dickens
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A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

Heart, LoveCharles Dickens
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There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.

Light, ShadowsCharles Dickens
 
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The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.

FarewellCharles Dickens
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There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.

Wisdom, Mind vs. HeartCharles Dickens
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Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.

HeartCharles Dickens
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Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years it was a splendid laugh!

Laughing & SmileCharles Dickens in A Christmas Carol
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No space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused.

SorrowCharles Dickens in A Christmas Carol
 
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But, tears were not the things to find their way to Mr. Bumble's soul; his heart was waterproof.

Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist
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Some people are nobody's enemies but their own.

Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist
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Please, sir, I want some more.

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

Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist
 
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There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.

Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist
 
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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.

Spring, SunCharles Dickens
 
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Yes, on the ground.

Last WordsCharles Dickens, auf Drängen seiner Schwägerin sich hinzulegen - letzte Worte
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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.

Crying & Tears, FeelingsCharles Dickens
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A very little key will open a very heavy door.

Small ThingsCharles Dickens
 
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If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.

LawyerCharles Dickens
 
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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.

Heart, LoveCharles Dickens
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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.

Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist
 
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No one is useless in this world, who lightens the burden of it for any one else.

Charles Dickens
 
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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.

Children & Childhood, JusticeCharles Dickens
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There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.

Laughing & SmileCharles Dickens in A Christmas Carol
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I feel the truth, that trifles make the sum of life.

LifeCharles Dickens
 
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