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Quotes by Charles Dickens

  • English novelist
  • Born February 7, 1812
  • Died June 9, 1870

Charles John Huffam Dickens (; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) 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. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories are still widely read today.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison.


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




The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none.




There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.


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




An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.




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


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


We forge the chains we wear in life.


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.




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


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




He had but one eye and the pocket of prejudice runs in favor of two.




Little Red Riding Hood was my first love. I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding Hood, I should have known perfect bliss.




There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.




I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.




May not the complaint, that common people are above their station, often take its rise in the fact of uncommon people being below theirs?




It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.




There are not a few among the disciples of charity who require, in their vocation, scarcely less excitement than the votaries of pleasure in theirs.




Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.




It's my old girl that advises. She has the head. But I never own to it before her. Discipline must be maintained.




Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.




Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine.




Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence.


It is a pleasant thing to reflect upon, and furnishes a complete answer to those who contend for the gradual degeneration of the human species, that every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.




Bring in the bottled lightning, a clean tumbler, and a corkscrew.




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.




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


'Do you spell it with a 'V' or a 'W'?' inquired the judge. 'That depends upon the taste and fancy of the speller, my Lord'.




Credit is a system whereby a person who can not pay gets another person who can not pay to guarantee that he can pay.




Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.



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