100 Memorable Quotes By Charles Dickens, The Author Of Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens was an English author, who lived in the 19th century and is regarded as one of the greatest novelists in the history of literature. Dickens belonged to the Victorian Era in England and is generally regarded as the greatest literary figure of his era. He became a hugely popular public figure during his life time and almost all of his books are still considered masterpieces by most people all across the world. Dickens grew up in abject poverty and was not formally educated, however that did not stop him from becoming a writer. He produced a staggering amount of work during his career, which included a total of 15 novels, plenty of short stories, articles and shorter novels. Dickens became an internationally renowned author after the publication of ‘The Pickwick Papers’ and went on tours in which he read his own novels on stage, to an audience. His other masterpieces include ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, ‘David Copperfield’, ‘Hard Times’, ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’ among others. Many of his books became part of school and college curriculum worldwide and immortalised Dickens in the hearts and minds of people. Here are some of the most famous quotes from the man himself and his literary works.
There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart. I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts. 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. Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. 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. And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death. No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. We need never be ashamed of our tears. What greater gift than the love of a cat. 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. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. You have been the last dream of my soul. 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. Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering. 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. Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world. I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul. Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him. I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. 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. No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot. 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. There is a wisdom of the head, and... there is a wisdom of the heart. The broken heart. You think you will die, but you just keep living, day after day after terrible day. Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies. A loving heart is the truest wisdom. 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. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape. 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. You are in every line I have ever read. Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade. Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood. It is because I think so much of warm and sensitive hearts, that I would spare them from being wounded. So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise. A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self. There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair. 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. Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule. Think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you. 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. I am what you designed me to be.I am your blade. You cannot now complain if you also feel the hurt My advice is, never do to-morrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him! The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists. 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. For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself. Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes. No space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused I stole her heart away and put ice in its place. Death may beget life, but oppression can beget nothing other than itself. 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. 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. A multitude of people and yet solitude. 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. 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! 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 love your daughter fondly, dearly, disninterestedly, devotedly. If ever there were love in the world, I love her. Moths, and all sorts of ugly creatures, hover about a lighted candle. Can the candle help it? Not knowing how he lost himself, or how he recovered himself, he may never feel certain of not losing himself again. Then tell Wind and Fire where to stop," returned madame; "but don't tell me. 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. 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. 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. 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) No varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself. Give me a moment, because I like to cry for joy. It's so delicious, John dear, to cry for joy. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery. Life is made of so many partings welded together Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule. There can be no disparity in marriage like unsuitability of mind and purpose. Trifles make the sum of life. There is a man who would give his life to keep a life you love beside you. [Credit is a system whereby] a person who can't pay, gets another person who can't pay, to guarantee that he can pay. Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; - the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine! 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. Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you have him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people. 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. I must do something or I shall wear my heart away... Bah," said Scrooge, "Humbug. Never," said my aunt, "be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices, Trot, and I can always be hopeful of you. I only ask to be free, the butterflies are free. Please, sir, I want some more. We forge the chains we wear in life. I had considered how the things that never happen, are often as much realities to us, in their effects, as those that are accomplished. It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present. I do not know the American gentleman, God forgive me for putting two such words together. The cloud of caring for nothing, which overshadowed him with such a fatal darkness, was very rarely pierced by the light within him. Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.
Women can always put things in fewest words. Except when it's blowing up; and then they lengthens it out.
Every idiot who goes about with a 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.
I know enough of the world now to have almost lost the capacity of being much surprised by anything
Nothing that we do, is done in vain. I believe, with all my soul, that we shall see triumph.
Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years it was a splendid laugh!
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. Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers, and are famous preservers of good looks.