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612 Inspiring Quotes by Charles Dickens

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Wikipedia Summary for Charles Dickens

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 widely read today.

Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed readings extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education and other social reforms.

Dickens's literary success began with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humour, satire and keen observation of character and society. His novels, most of them published in monthly or weekly instalments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication. Cliffhanger endings in his serial publications kept readers in suspense. The instalment format allowed Dickens to evaluate his audience's reaction, and he often modified his plot and character development based on such feedback. For example, when his wife's chiropodist expressed distress at the way Miss Mowcher in David Copperfield seemed to reflect her disabilities, Dickens improved the character with positive features. His plots were carefully constructed and he often wove elements from topical events into his narratives. Masses of the illiterate poor would individually pay a halfpenny to have each new monthly episode read to them, opening up and inspiring a new class of readers.

His 1843 novella A Christmas Carol remains especially popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London. His 1859 novel A Tale of Two Cities (set in London and Paris) is his best-known work of historical fiction. The most famous celebrity of his era, he undertook, in response to public demand, a series of public reading tours in the later part of his career.

The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social or working conditions, or comically repulsive characters.


sunflower field during daytime

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.

--Charles Dickens

sunflower field during daytime

Missionaries are perfect nuisances and leave every place worse than they found it.

--Charles Dickens



sunset with storm clouds

Come!' said he, ‘I don't want to be told about that.  I know what I took her for, as well as you do.  Never you mind what I took her for; that's my look out.

--Charles Dickens


black fishes

The New Year, like an infant heir to the whole world, was waited for, with welcomes, presents, and rejoicings.

--Charles Dickens



Arizona landscape

Jarndyce and Jarndyce has passed into a joke. That is the only good that has ever come of it.

--Charles Dickens



silhouette of mountains during starry night

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

--Charles Dickens

multicolored abstract painting

And to-morrow looked in my face more steadily than I could look at it.

--Charles Dickens

black bird flying on white background

Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.

--Charles Dickens

galaxy

Annual income is £ 20, the cost is 19, you will feel happiness. If annual income of £ 20, the cost is £ 20.6, you will see suffering.

--Charles Dickens

green leaf

I believe the spreading of Catholicism to be the most horrible means of political and social degradation left in the world.

--Charles Dickens



brown textile

If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.

--Charles Dickens

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

I do not know the American gentleman, God forgive me for putting two such words together.

--Charles Dickens


white clouds and blue sky

And it was not until I began to think, that I began fully to know how wrecked I was, and how the ship in which I had sailed was gone to pieces.

--Charles Dickens


person in black top carrying brown wicker basket

Keep out of Chancery. It's being ground to bits in a slow mill; it's being roasted at a slow fire; it's being stung to death by single bees; it's being drowned by drops; it's going mad by grains.

--Charles Dickens

grayscale photography of pug

Rich folks may ride on camels, but it ain't so easy for 'em to see out of a needle's eye.

--Charles Dickens

white shore under sunny sky

Nothing is discovered without God's intention and assistance, and I suppose every new knowledge of His works that is conceded to man to be distinctly a revelation by which men are to guide themselves.

--Charles Dickens



white sand

Prowling about the rooms, sitting down, getting up, stirring the fire, looking out the window, teasing my hair, sitting down to write, writing nothing, writing something and tearing it up.

--Charles Dickens

milky way wallpaper

The ocean asks for nothing but those who stand by her shores gradually attune themselves to her rhythm.

--Charles Dickens

rainbow desert

Anything for the quick life, as the man said when he took the situation at the lighthouse.

--Charles Dickens

two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields

There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas.

--Charles Dickens

three clear drinking glasses with brown liquid

Polly put the kettle on, we'll all have tea.

--Charles Dickens






silhouette of woman during sunset

And though the merriment was rather boisterous, still it came from the heart and not from the lips; and this is the right sort of merriment, after all.

--Charles Dickens

gray elephant

We must have humbug, we all like humbug, we couldn't get on without humbug.

--Charles Dickens

grassland landscape

I wished that I had some other guardian of minor abilities.

--Charles Dickens

silhouette of a person during sunset

They ran their heads very hard against wrong ideas, and persisted in trying to fit the circumstances to the ideas instead of trying to extract ideas from the circumstances.

--Charles Dickens

milky way wallpaper

Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood.

--Charles Dickens

bird in the sky

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

--Charles Dickens

purple and white clouds during night time

The New Year, like an Infant Heir to the whole world, was waited for, with welcomes, presents, and rejoicings.

--Charles Dickens


green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

A most excellent man, though I could have wished his trousers not quite so tight in some places and not quite so loose in others.

--Charles Dickens

white satellite dish under starry night

There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.

--Charles Dickens

red white and black butterfly on green leaf

It was the first time it had ever occurred to me, that this detestable cant of false humility might have originated out of the Heep family. I had seen the harvest, but had never thought of the seed.

--Charles Dickens

red strawberry fruit on red surface

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

--Charles Dickens


yellow, black, green, and orange digital wallpaper

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.

--Charles Dickens

low angle photo of starry night

I find the nights long, for I sleep but little, and think much.

--Charles Dickens

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

Remember, to the last, that while there is life there is hope.

--Charles Dickens



sunset

Circumstances may accumulate so strongly even against an innocent man, that directed, sharpened, and pointed, they may slay him.

--Charles Dickens

green leafed plant on clear glass vase filled with water

'Did you ever taste beer?' 'I had a sip of it once,' said the small servant. 'Here's a state of things!' cried Mr. Swiveller--'.She never tasted it -- it can't be tasted in a sip!'

--Charles Dickens

trees beside body of water distant from mountain

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

--Charles Dickens




desert under blue skies

It was the momentary yielding of a nature that had been disappointed from the dawn of its perceptions, but had not quite given up all its hopeful yearnings yet.

--Charles Dickens

silhouette of trees during nighttime

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

--Charles Dickens


desert grassland

Christmas is a poor excuse every 25th of December to pick a man's pockets.

--Charles Dickens

brown trees on brown field during daytime

Do not close your heart against all my efforts to help you.

--Charles Dickens

None

Most men unconsciously judge the world from themselves, and it will be very generally found that those who sneer habitually at human nature, and affect to despise it, are among its worst and least pleasant samples.

--Charles Dickens

gray concrete painted wall

It is well for a man to respect his own vocation whatever it is and to think himself bound to uphold it and to claim for it the respect it deserves.

--Charles Dickens

toddlers standing outdoors

As to sleep, you know, I never sleep now. I might be a Watchman, except that I don't get any pay, and he's got nothing on his mind.

--Charles Dickens





blue sky with white clouds

The meagre lighthouse all in white, haunting the seaboard, as if it were the ghost of an edifice that had once had colour and rotundity, dripped melancholy tears after its late buffeting by the waves.

--Charles Dickens

yellow and red color textile

And, unlike the celebrated herd in the poem, they were not forty children conducting themselves as one, but every child was conducting itself like forty.

--Charles Dickens


lion on green grass during golden hour

Troubles are exceedingly gregarious in their nature, and flying in flocks are apt to perch capriciously.

--Charles Dickens

full moon in the sky

I have a heart to be stabbed in or shot in, I have no doubt, and, of course, if it ceased to beat, I would cease to be. But you know what I mean. I have no softness there, no--sympathy--sentiment--nonsense.

--Charles Dickens

landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

I verily believe that her not remembering and not minding in the least, made me cry again, inwardly -- and that is the sharpest crying of all.

--Charles Dickens

white and blue building under clear sky

It was but imagination, yet imagination had all the terrors of reality; nay, it was worse, for the reality would have come and gone, and there an end, but in imagination it was always coming, and never went away.

--Charles Dickens

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

My impression is, after many years of consideration, that there never can have been anybody in the world who played worse.

--Charles Dickens

crescent moon above mountain

The wine-shops breed, in physical atmosphere of malaria and a moral pestilence of envy and vengeance, the men of crime and revolution.

--Charles Dickens

mountains covered with fog

New thoughts and hopes were whirling through my mind, and all the colours of my life were changing.

--Charles Dickens




aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

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

--Charles Dickens

rock formation under starry skies

It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper; so cry away.

--Charles Dickens

Painting of Stonehenge

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.

--Charles Dickens

seashore during golden hour

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!

--Charles Dickens

body of water

Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.

--Charles Dickens


Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

Gold, for the instant, lost its luster in his eyes, for there were countless treasures of the heart which it could never purchase.

--Charles Dickens

2 people riding on boat during sunset

We must meet reverses boldly, and not suffer them to frighten us, my dear. We must learn to act the play out. We must live misfortune down, Trot!

--Charles Dickens

white pendant lamp

Still his philanthropy was of that gunpowderous sort that the difference between it and animosity was hard to determine.

--Charles Dickens

silhouette of flower during sunset

He was a very young boy; quite a little child. His hair still hung in curls about his face, and his eyes were very bright; but their light was of Heaven, not earth.

--Charles Dickens

two blue beach chairs near body of water

Herbert said of himself, with his eyes fixed on the fire, that he thought he must have committed a felony and forgotten the details of it, he felt so dejected and guilty.

--Charles Dickens

rock formation in body of water

And I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States.

--Charles Dickens

green artificial palm tree on seashore

I will die here where I have walked. And I will walk here, though I am in my grave. I will walk here until the pride of this house is humbled.

--Charles Dickens

brown and black tiger near body of water

A man must take the fat with the lean.

--Charles Dickens


two person standing while watching sky

I always loved that boy as if he'd been my -- my -- my own grandfather.

--Charles Dickens


blue, yellow, and brown wall decor

Loves and Cupids took to flight afraid, and Martyrdom had no such torment in its painted history of suffering.

--Charles Dickens

person holding gray leaf

And it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.

--Charles Dickens


pair of white lace-up shoes

What a troublesome world this is, when one has the most right to expect it to be as agreeable as possible.

--Charles Dickens

brown and gray floral textile

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.

--Charles Dickens

high-angle photography of beach side

The two commonest mistakes in judgement ... are, the confounding of shyness with arrogance -- a very common mistake indeed -- and the not understanding that an obstinate nature exists in a perpetual struggle with itself.

--Charles Dickens

white brick wall

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

--Charles Dickens

blue sky

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

--Charles Dickens

white wooden table near brown chair

Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.

--Charles Dickens

people in the street painting

He would make a lovely corpse.

--Charles Dickens

calm body of water and mountain

We need never be ashamed of our tears.

--Charles Dickens

blue sky and white clouds

Fermati, tu che leggi, e medita per un momento sulla lunga catena di bronzo o d'oro, di spine o di fiori, che mai ti avrebbe soggiogato se in un solo memorabile giorno non si fosse formato e chiuso il primo anello.

--Charles Dickens

man standing outdoors

I am the only child of parents who weighed, measured, and priced everything; for whom what could not be weighed, measured, and priced, had no existence.

--Charles Dickens

white and blue building under clear sky

Ah, Miss, hope is an excellent thing for such as has the spirits to bear it!" said Mrs Wickam, shaking her head. "My own spirits is not equal to it, but I don't owe it any grudge. I envys them that is so blest!

--Charles Dickens


selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

I never see any difference in boys. I only know two sorts of boys. Mealy boys and beef-faced boys.

--Charles Dickens

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

Marley was dead, to begin with ... This must be distintly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate.

--Charles Dickens

white cat

The word of a gentleman is as good as his bond -- sometimes better; as in the present case, where his bond might prove but a doubtful sort of security.

--Charles Dickens


Arizona landscape rocks

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.

--Charles Dickens

feet in stream

Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.

--Charles Dickens

None

Company, you see -- company is -- is -- it's a very different thing from solitude -- an't it?

--Charles Dickens

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

Yet he would smoke his pipe at the Battery with a far more sagacious air then anywhere else -- even with a learned air -- as if he considered himself to be advancing immensely. Dear fellow, I hope he did.

--Charles Dickens

silhouette of trees during sunset

Try to do unto others as you would have them do to you, and do not be discouraged if they fail sometimes. It is much better that they should fail than you should.

--Charles Dickens

shallow focus photography of red flower

A new heart for a New Year, always!

--Charles Dickens


brown wooden surface

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.

--Charles Dickens

Arizona landscape

United metropolitan improved hot muffin and crumpet baking and punctual delivery company.

--Charles Dickens

yellow and white color illustration

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.

--Charles Dickens

silhouette photography of trees and sky

"It wasn't the wine," murmured Mr. Snodgrass, in a broken voice. "It was the salmon."

--Charles Dickens

None

Christmas time! That man must be a misanthrope indeed, in whose breast something like a jovial feeling is not roused-- in whose mind some pleasant associations are not awakened-- by the recurrence of Christmas.

--Charles Dickens

aerial view of gray building on brown sand

If a pig could give his mind to anything, he would not be a pig.

--Charles Dickens


assorted-color beach houses

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.

--Charles Dickens

grayscale photo of rock formation

There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast.

--Charles Dickens

dew drops on glass panel

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.

--Charles Dickens

blue sky with stars during night time

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

--Charles Dickens

grayscale photo of rock formation

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

--Charles Dickens

None

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!

--Charles Dickens

time lapse photography of fire

With affection beaming in one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.

--Charles Dickens

lightning strike at night

The beating of my heart was so violent and wild that I felt as if my life were breaking from me.

--Charles Dickens


Blue to purple gradient

If I could not walk far and fast, I think I should just explode and perish.

--Charles Dickens

green trees beside body of water during daytime

My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.

--Charles Dickens

yellow and blue painted wall

To have a cricket on the hearth is the luckiest thing in all the world!

--Charles Dickens


sunset

There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.

--Charles Dickens

silhouette of a person during sunset

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.

--Charles Dickens

yellow, black, green, and orange digital wallpaper

Ecod, you may say what you like of my father, then, and so I give you leave," said Jonas. "I think it's liquid aggravation that circulates through his veins, and not regular blood.

--Charles Dickens


man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water

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

--Charles Dickens

body of water during sunset

I would like to be going all over the kingdom...and acting everywhere. There's nothing in the world equal to seeing the house rise at you, one sea of delightful faces, one hurrah of applause!

--Charles Dickens

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

What is peace? Is it war? No. Is it strife? No. Is it lovely, and gentle, and beautiful, and pleasant, and serene, and joyful? O yes!

--Charles Dickens

silhouette of trees during sunset

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.

--Charles Dickens

aerial photo of foggy mountains

I was a blacksmith's boy but yesterday; I am -- what shall I say I am today?

--Charles Dickens

green forest during daytime

Accidents will occur in the best-regulated families.

--Charles Dickens

Dark purple to red to orange gradient

And therefore, Uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that Christmas has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!

--Charles Dickens

road on forest

Man cannot really improve himself without improving others.

--Charles Dickens

rock formation under starry skies

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

--Charles Dickens

None

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.

--Charles Dickens

None

Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs.

--Charles Dickens



full moon in the sky

Christmas a humbug, uncle!" said Scrooge's nephew. "You don't mean that, I am sure?" "I do," said Scrooge. "Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? what reason have you to be merry? You're poor enough.

--Charles Dickens


white textile in close up photography

Many a time of an evening, when I sat alone looking at the fire, I thought, after all, there was no fire like the forge fire and the kitchen fire at home.

--Charles Dickens

coconut tree near body of water

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.

--Charles Dickens

None

He was consious of a thousand odours floating in the air, each one connected with a thousand thoughts, and hopes, and joys, and cares, long, long, forgotten.

--Charles Dickens



pug lying on pet bed

My daughter, there are times of moral danger when the hardest virtuous resolution to form is flight, and when the most heroic bravery is flight.

--Charles Dickens

lion on green grass during golden hour

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

--Charles Dickens

toddlers standing outdoors

That sort of half sigh, which, accompanied by two or three slight nods of the head, is pity's small change in general society.

--Charles Dickens


brown textile in close up image

I am no more annoyed when I think of the expression, than I should be annoyed by a man's opinion of a picture of mine, who had no eye for pictures; or of a piece of music of mine, who had no ear for music.

--Charles Dickens

yellow, black, green, and orange digital wallpaper

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.

--Charles Dickens

assorted-color beach houses

Shall we speak of the inspiration of a poet or a priest, and not of the heart impelled by love and self-devotion to the lowliest work in the lowliest way of life?

--Charles Dickens

brown grass field during daytime

One should never be ashamed to cry. Tears are rain on the dust of earth.

--Charles Dickens

leafless tree

I have always thought of Christmas time... as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time.

--Charles Dickens

black mountain under blue sky during night time

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.

--Charles Dickens

sunset

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.

--Charles Dickens

pair of white lace-up shoes

I made a compact with myself that in my person literature should stand by itself, of itself, and for itself.

--Charles Dickens

man raising arms between greenfield

The one great principle of English law is to make business for itself.

--Charles Dickens

tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

The sun does not shine upon this fair earth to meet frowning eyes, depend upon it.

--Charles Dickens


landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

It's over, and can't be helped, and that's one consolation, as they always say in Turkey, when they cut the wrong man's head off.

--Charles Dickens

brown wooden surface

There was not one straight floor from the foundation to the roof; the ceilings were so fantastically clouded by smoke and dust, that old women might have told fortunes in them better than in grouts of tea.

--Charles Dickens


None

Take another glass of wine, and excuse my mentioning that society as a body does not expect one to be so strictly conscientious in emptying one's glass, as to turn it bottom upwards with the rim on one's nose.

--Charles Dickens

aerial shot of road surrounded by green trees

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

--Charles Dickens

silhouette of flower during sunset

You will be surprised that he proposed seven times, once in a hackney-coach once in a boat once in a pew once on a donkey at Tunbridge Wells and the rest on his knees.

--Charles Dickens



person sleeping on gray gang chair

I never heerd...nor read of nor see in picters, any angel in tights and gaiters...but...he's a reg'lar thoroughbred angel for all that.

--Charles Dickens

brown wooden surface

Their demeanor is invariably morose, sullen, clownish and repulsive. I should think there is not, on the face of the earth, a people so entirely destitute of humor, vivacity, or the capacity for enjoyment.

--Charles Dickens

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

The broken heart. You think you will die, but you just keep living, day after day after terrible day.

--Charles Dickens

red rose illustration

What am I doing? Tearing myself. My usual occupation at most times.

--Charles Dickens


brown wooden board

Oh, a dainty plant is the ivy green, That creepeth o'er ruins old! Of right choice food are his meals, I ween, In his cell so lone and cold. Creeping where no life is seen, A rare old plant is the ivy green.

--Charles Dickens


silhouette of trees near body of water during sunset

There is no such passion in human nature, as the passion for gravy among commercial gentlemen.

--Charles Dickens

body of water

And can it be that in a world so full and busy the loss of one creature makes a void so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of eternity can fill it up!

--Charles Dickens

white desk lamp beside green plant

Love her, love her, love her! If she favours you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces -- and as it gets older and stronger, it will tear deeper -- love her, love her, love her!

--Charles Dickens


close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

Nobody near me here, but rats, and they are fine stealthy secret fellows.

--Charles Dickens

person holding sunflower

Strong mental agitation and disturbance was no novelty to him, even before his late sufferings. It never is, to obstinate and sullen natures; for they struggle hard to be such.

--Charles Dickens

blue sky with stars during night time

The coffee was boiling over a charcoal fire, and large slices of bread and butter were piled one upon the other like deals in a lumber yard.

--Charles Dickens


green plants beside brown wooden door

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

--Charles Dickens


yellow flower field during sunset

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,.

--Charles Dickens

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and some people do the same by their religion.

--Charles Dickens



sunset

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

--Charles Dickens

shoreline during golden hour

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

--Charles Dickens


photo of about to bloom lotus flower

Please, sir, I want some more.

--Charles Dickens

pink and teal striped textile

Let me see you ride a donkey over my green again, and as sure as you have a head upon your shoulders, I'll knock your bonnet off, and tread upon it!

--Charles Dickens

landscape photography of green tree

A very little key will open a very heavy door.

--Charles Dickens

white and black floral textile

Dickens writes that an event, "began to be forgotten, as most affairs are, when wonder, having no fresh food to support it, dies away of itself.

--Charles Dickens



three boys running on field

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six , result happiness.
Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.

--Charles Dickens



low angle photo of starry night

Never close your lips to those whom you have opened your heart.

--Charles Dickens

woman holding Pug puppy

Your voice and music are the same to me.

--Charles Dickens

blue wall

The citizen ... preserved the resolute bearing of one who was not to be frowned down or daunted, and who cared very little for any nobility but that of worth and manhood.

--Charles Dickens

man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress

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

--Charles Dickens

photo of brown parquet

If they would rather die, ... they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.

--Charles Dickens

grassland landscape

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

--Charles Dickens


pink and blue painted wall

His philanthropy was of that gunpowderous sort that the difference between it and animosity was hard to determine.

--Charles Dickens

pink rose in close up photography

Get out of this office! I'll have no feelings here.

--Charles Dickens

high-angle photography of beach side

Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.

--Charles Dickens

snow covered mountain during daytime

I think the Romans must have aggravated one another very much, with their noses. Perhaps, they became the restless people they were, in consequence.

--Charles Dickens


aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Of little worth as life is when we misuse it, it is worth that effort. It would cost nothing to lay down if it were not.

--Charles Dickens

yellow, black, green, and orange digital wallpaper

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.

--Charles Dickens

fawn pug lying on floor

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

--Charles Dickens

assorted-color beach houses

I remember him as something left behind upon the road of life--as something I have passed, rather than have actually been--and almost think of him as of someone else.

--Charles Dickens

fawn pug on bed

It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home.

--Charles Dickens

white desk lamp beside green plant

Have you ever had the sensation of looking at someone for the first time and ever so quickly the past and future seem to fuse ? Does that not mean something ? That we felt so much, so deeply, before even speaking?

--Charles Dickens

blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

In particular, there was a butler in a blue coat and bright buttons, who gave quite a winey flavour to the table beer; he poured it out so superbly.

--Charles Dickens


mountains covered with fog

Think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you.

--Charles Dickens

snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

A man can well afford to be as bold as brass, my good fellow, when he gets gold in exchange!

--Charles Dickens

time lapse photography body of water

Affery, like greater people, had always been right in her facts, and always wrong in the theories she deduced from them.

--Charles Dickens

orange and white floor tiles

His shoes looked too large; his sleeve looked too long; his hair looked too limp; his features looked too mean; his exposed throat looked as if a halter would have done it good.

--Charles Dickens

yellow and white painted wall

You have no idea what it is to have anybody wonderful fond of you, unless you have been got down and rolled upon by the lonely feelings that I have mentioned as having once got the better of me.

--Charles Dickens

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

I confess I have yet to learn that a lesson of the purest good may not be drawn from the vilest evil.

--Charles Dickens

bird in the sky

Along the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh. Six tumbrils carry the day's wine to La Guillotine.

--Charles Dickens


brown chopped logs

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

--Charles Dickens


empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.

--Charles Dickens


grey sand wave

Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it.

--Charles Dickens

green ceramic mug beside book

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

--Charles Dickens

3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast.

--Charles Dickens

blue and white striped textile

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

--Charles Dickens

blue and white abstract painting

'Mind and matter,' said the lady in the wig, 'glide swift into the vortex if immensity. Howls the sublime, and softly sleeps the calm Ideal, in the whispering chambers of Imagination.'

--Charles Dickens

shallow depth of field photography of sunflower

Veels vithin veels, a prison in a prison.

--Charles Dickens


white and blue ice in water

Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that.

--Charles Dickens

shallow focus photography of white flowers

Ride on! Ride on over all obstacles and win the race.

--Charles Dickens


sunset

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

--Charles Dickens

green lizard

Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence.

--Charles Dickens

yellow and green forest during daytime

Perhaps second-hand cares, like second-hand clothes, come easily off and on.

--Charles Dickens


water color palette on white surface

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

--Charles Dickens

girl and boy figurines

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.

--Charles Dickens

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life.

--Charles Dickens

man and woman kissing

Ah, if only I had brought a cigar with me! This would have established my identity.

--Charles Dickens

brown mountain

If the world go wrong, it was, in some off-hand manner, never meant to go right.

--Charles Dickens

pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

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

--Charles Dickens


woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

Love is not a feeling to pass away
Like the balmy breath of a Summer's day...
Love is not a passion of earthly mould
As a thirst for honour, or fame, or gold.

--Charles Dickens

woman standing on cliff

Best and happiest of all, the Time before him was his own, to make amends in!

--Charles Dickens

Arizona landscape

Time has been lost and opportunity thrown away, but I am yet a young man, and may retrieve it.

--Charles Dickens


mountains under starry sky during nighttime

Do all the good you can, and make as little fuss about it as possible.

--Charles Dickens

bird's eye view photography of trees and body of water

Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; -- the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!

--Charles Dickens

None

Your Honour, unless your Honour, without a moment's loss of time, makes sail for the nearest shore, this is a doomed ship, and her name is the Coffin!

--Charles Dickens

body of water during daytime

So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.

--Charles Dickens

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

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.

--Charles Dickens

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world.

--Charles Dickens

cumulus clouds

A demd, damp, moist, unpleasant body!

--Charles Dickens

green water in close up photography

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.

--Charles Dickens

lone tree in grassland

Would it be weakness to return my love?

--Charles Dickens

lighted candle in dark room

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

--Charles Dickens


galaxy wallpaper

My imagination would never have served me as it has, but for the habit of commonplace, humble, patient, daily, toiling, drudging attention.

--Charles Dickens

blue and white abstract painting

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.

--Charles Dickens




white concrete building

To bring deserving things down by setting undeserving things up is one of its perverted delights; and there is no playing fast and loose with the truth, in any game, without growing the worse for it.

--Charles Dickens


flowers beside yellow wall

So does a whole world, with all of its greatness and littleness, lie in a twinkling star.

--Charles Dickens


landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

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

--Charles Dickens



sunset

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.

--Charles Dickens

American Eagles during daytime

God bless us, every one!

--Charles Dickens


Clear blue ocean washing on the sandy shore on a clear day in Cancún

When the Attorney-General ceased, a buzz arose in the court as if a cloud of great blue-flies were swarming about the prisoner, in anticipation of what he was soon to become.

--Charles Dickens

trees at sunset

I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.

--Charles Dickens



silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

My guiding star always is, Get hold of portable property.

--Charles Dickens

two gray pencils on yellow surface

The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself. There is no other principle distinctly, certainly, and consistently maintained through all its narrow turnings.

--Charles Dickens

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

Money, says the proverb, makes money. When you have got a little, it is often easy to get more.

--Charles Dickens

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

Bless us all With playful years With noisy games and joyful tears.

--Charles Dickens

silhouette of pine trees photo

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

--Charles Dickens


mountains covered with fog

I will live in the past, the present, and the future. The spirits of all three shall strive within me.

--Charles Dickens

None

that the mounds of ices, and the bowls of mint-julep and sherry cobbler they make in these latitudes, are refreshments never to be thought of afterwards, in summer, by those who would preserve contented minds.

--Charles Dickens


lion on green grass during golden hour

An inebriated elderly gentleman in the last depths of shabbiness... played the calm and virtuous old men.

--Charles Dickens

white desk lamp beside green plant

From the days when it was always summer in Eden, to these days when it is mostly winter in fallen latitudes, the world of a man has invariably gone one way Charles Darnay's way the way of the love of a woman.

--Charles Dickens


white flowers

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.

--Charles Dickens

rock mountain during starry night

There is nothing truer than physiognomy, taken in connection with manner.

--Charles Dickens

woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

Are you thankful for not being young?'
'Yes, sir. If I was young, it would all have to be gone through again, and the end would be a weary way off, don't you see?.

--Charles Dickens


brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

Skewered through and through with office-pens, and bound hand and foot with red tape.

--Charles Dickens

yellow background

Peggotty!" repeated Miss Betsey, with some indignation. "Do you mean to say, child, that any human being has gone into a Christian church, and got herself named Peggotty?

--Charles Dickens


pink and blue painted wall

The shadows of our own desires stand between us and our better angels, and thus their brightness is eclipsed.

--Charles Dickens


blue rose in close up photography

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

--Charles Dickens


tree and pink sky painting

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.

--Charles Dickens

black and white abstract illustration

Not knowing how he lost himself, or how he recovered himself, he may never feel certain of not losing himself again.

--Charles Dickens

yellow painted wall

Možda si ti kakav neprobavljeni komad govedine, žličica gorčice, grumenčić sira, polovica nedokuhana krumpira. Ti imaš više veze sa drobom nego sa grobom, ma tko da bio!

--Charles Dickens

two mugs of brown liquids

To a young heart everything is fun.

--Charles Dickens

leafless tree under gray sky

Christmas is a time in which, of all times in the year, the memory of every remediable sorrow, wrong, and trouble in the world around us, should be active with us, not less than our own experiences, for all good.

--Charles Dickens

palm trees covered with fog

I work pretty hard for a sufficient living, and therefore -- yes, I do well.

--Charles Dickens


black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

It was a good thing to have a couple of thousand people all rigid and frozen together, in the palm of one's hand.

--Charles Dickens

castle surrounded fog

It is too late for that. I shall never be better than I am. I shall sink lower, and be worse.

--Charles Dickens

sunset highway

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

--Charles Dickens

sunset highway

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

--Charles Dickens



bird in the sky

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

--Charles Dickens

sunset

Bless those women; they never do anything by halves. They are always in earnest.

--Charles Dickens

foggy mountains

Cows are my passion. What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a Swiss farm, and live entirely surrounded by cows -- and china.

--Charles Dickens


None

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.

--Charles Dickens

white and blue building under clear sky

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.

--Charles Dickens

None

If Husain (as) had fought to quench his worldly desires…then I do not understand why his sister, wife, and children accompanied him. It stands to reason therefore, that he sacrificed purely for Islam.

--Charles Dickens

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

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

--Charles Dickens

None

Everything that Mr Smallweed's grandfather ever put away in his mind was a grub at first, and is a grub at last. In all his life he has never bred a single butterfly.

--Charles Dickens







person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

In a utilitarian age, of all other times, it is a matter of grave importance that fairy tales should be respected.

--Charles Dickens


landscape photography of trees

Our love had begun in folly, and ended in madness!

--Charles Dickens

sea during daytime

And you, being a good man, can pass it as such, and forgive and pity the dreamer, and be lenient and encouraging when he wakes?" -- Rick
"Indeed I can. What am I but another dreamer, Rick?" -- Guardian.

--Charles Dickens

black and blue starry night

There were more children there than Scrooge in his agitated mind could count, and unlike the celebrated poem, not every forty children were acting as one, but every child was acting as forty.

--Charles Dickens

yellow sunflower in bloom during daytime

The habit of paying compliments kept a man's tongue oiled without any expense.

--Charles Dickens


yellow green leaf

Friendless I can never be, for all mankind are my kindred, and I am on ill terms with no one member of my great family.

--Charles Dickens

sand

Rooms get an awful look about them when they are fitted up, like these, for one person you are used to see in them, and that person is away under any shadow: let alone being God knows where.

--Charles Dickens

red and blue light digital wallpaper

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

--Charles Dickens

green water in close up photography

Walter," she said, looking full upon him with her affectionate eyes, "like you, I hope for better things. I will pray for them, and believe that they will arrive.

--Charles Dickens

sunset

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

--Charles Dickens

blooming yellow sunflower field

The carpenter's daughter has won a name for herself, and deserved to win it.

--Charles Dickens


three person looking stars and milky way

The world belongs to those who set out to conquer it armed with self confidence and good humour.

--Charles Dickens

pink and white tulips on white surface

What such people miscall their religion, is a vent for their bad humours and arrogance.

--Charles Dickens

white and pink plastic bottles

Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.

--Charles Dickens


Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

The one serviceable, safe, certain, remunerative, attainable quality in every study, and every pursuit is the quality of attention.

--Charles Dickens

sunset highway

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

--Charles Dickens

gray concrete painted wall

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!

--Charles Dickens

black fishes

For not an orphan in the wide world can be so deserted as the child who is an outcast from a living parent's love.

--Charles Dickens

blue and white light digital wallpaper

It being a part of Mrs. Pipchin's system not to encourage a child's mind to develop and expand itself like a young flower, but to open it by force like an oyster.

--Charles Dickens

high-angle photography of beach side

We thought that, perhaps," said I, hesitating, "it is right to begin with the obligations of home, sir; and that, perhaps, while those are overlooked and neglected, no other duties can possibly be substituted for them.

--Charles Dickens


None

He describes it as a large apartment, with a red brick floor and a capacious chimney; the ceiling garnished with hams, sides of bacon, and ropes of onions.

--Charles Dickens

sunflower with sunglasses under blue sky during daytime

Oliver Twist has asked for more!

--Charles Dickens


blue and white abstract painting

She's a very charming and delightful creature," quoth Mr. Robert Sawyer, in reply; "and has only one fault that I know of, Ben. It happens, unfortunately, that that single blemish is a want of taste. She don't like me.

--Charles Dickens


None

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.

--Charles Dickens

seashore during daytime

When the wind is blowing and the sleet or rain is driving against the dark windows, I love to sit by the fire, thinking of what I have read in books of voyage and travel.

--Charles Dickens


sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

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.

--Charles Dickens

closeup photography of wall

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.

--Charles Dickens

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes.

--Charles Dickens

None

Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; but it cannot be the pride of a mother in her children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues -- faith and hope.

--Charles Dickens

red blue yellow and red paint

Champagne is simply one of the elegant extras of life.

--Charles Dickens

woman standing on forest

The more man knows of man, the better for the common brotherhood among men.

--Charles Dickens


aerial shot of road surrounded by green trees

There was a little too much of the best intentions going on.

--Charles Dickens

sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

I wish I were the Commander in Chief in India... I should do my utmost to exterminate the Race upon whom the stain of the late cruelties rested.

--Charles Dickens


yellow and white abstract painting

Come in, -- come in! and know me better, man! I am the Ghost of Christmas Present. Look upon me! You have never seen the like of me before!

--Charles Dickens

women's black and pink monokini

Be natural my children. For the writer that is natural has fulfilled all the rules of art.

--Charles Dickens




brown and gray floral textile

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.

--Charles Dickens

rock formation in body of water

I wear the chain I forged in life....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.

--Charles Dickens

person wearing red running shoe

Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips.

--Charles Dickens

landscape photography of mountain

Death is a mighty, universal truth.

--Charles Dickens


orange and white floor tiles

No, the office is one thing, and private life is another. When I go into the office, I leave the Castle behind me, and when I come into the Castle, I leave the office behind me.

--Charles Dickens

green artificial palm tree on seashore

The sergeant was describing a military life. It was all drinking, he said, except that there were frequent intervals of eating and love making.

--Charles Dickens

withered tree surrounded with snow during daytime

On the Rampage, Pip, and off the Rampage, Pip -- such is Life!

--Charles Dickens

brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

A heart well worth winning, and well won. A heart that, once won, goes through fire and water for the winner, and never changes, and is never daunted.

--Charles Dickens





clear wine glass with red wine

A brisk, bright, blue-eyed fellow, a very neat figure and rather under the middle size, never out of the way and never in it.

--Charles Dickens


crescent moon above mountain

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.

--Charles Dickens

brown wooden bridge beside green leafed trees during daytime

There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood.

--Charles Dickens

boy and cat in front of moon

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

--Charles Dickens


pink and blue painted wall

And this is the eternal law. For, Evil often stops short at istelf and dies with the doer of it! but Good, never.

--Charles Dickens

green leaf

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

--Charles Dickens

rock formation surrounding by body of water

Try not to associate bodily defect with mental, my good friend, except for a solid reason.

--Charles Dickens

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

I ate 'umble pie with an appetite.

--Charles Dickens


clear wine glass with red wine

We know, Mr. Weller -- we, who are men of the world -- that a good uniform must work its way with the women, sooner or later.

--Charles Dickens

fawn pug in close up photography

Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one.

--Charles Dickens


black bird

Opening her eyes again, and seeing her husband's face across the table, she leaned forward to give it a pat on the cheek, and sat down to supper, declaring it to be the best face in the world.

--Charles Dickens

brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

It is no small thing that they, who are so fresh from God, love us.

--Charles Dickens

sunset

Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.

--Charles Dickens

woman wears black dress

When the locked door opens, and there comes in a young woman, deadly pale, and with long fair hair, who glides to the fire, and sits down in the chair we have left there, wringing her hands.

--Charles Dickens

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

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

--Charles Dickens

silhouette photography of trees and sky

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

--Charles Dickens

yellow and white painted wall

Let no man turn aside, ever so slightly, from the broad path of honour, on the plausible pretence that he is justified by the goodness of his end. All good ends can be worked out by good means.

--Charles Dickens

None

The air came laden with the fragrance it caught upon its way, and the bees, upborne upon its scented breath, hummed forth their drowsy satisfaction as they floated by.

--Charles Dickens

aerial view of foggy forest

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

--Charles Dickens

landscape photography of horizon

This is a world of action, and not moping and droning in.

--Charles Dickens


black and blue starry night

The dreams of childhood -- it's airy fables, its graceful, beautiful, humane, impossible adornments of the world beyond; so good to be believed in once, so good to be remembered when outgrown.

--Charles Dickens

green trees beside body of water during daytime

When I went out, light of day seemed a darker color than when I went in.

--Charles Dickens

sunflower with clear glass vase on gray table

Cincinnati is a beautiful city; cheerful, thriving, and animated. I have not often seen a place that commends itself so favourably and pleasantly to a stranger at the first glance as this does.

--Charles Dickens

nebulas

The wind is rushing after us, and the clouds are flying after us, and the moon is plunging after us, and the whole wild night is in pursuit of us; but, so far we are pursued by nothing else.

--Charles Dickens


Light blue to dark blue gradient

The contention came, after all, to this -- 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.

--Charles Dickens



dirt road to sunset

Reflect upon your present blessings.

--Charles Dickens

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

Old Marley was dead as a doornail... The wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile.

--Charles Dickens



aerial photography of forest

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

--Charles Dickens



person holding white book

Mystery and disappointment are not absolutely indispensable to the growth of love, but they are, very often, its powerful auxiliaries.

--Charles Dickens

sunset

Constancy in love is a good thing; but it means nothing, and is nothing, without constancy in every kind of effort.

--Charles Dickens

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

When a man bleeds inwardly, it is a dangerous thing for himself; but when he laughs inwardly, it bodes no good to other people.

--Charles Dickens


snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

Nothing that we do, is done in vain. I believe, with all my soul, that we shall see triumph.

--Charles Dickens

yellow green leaf

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

--Charles Dickens

coconut tree near body of water

The miserable man was a man of that confined stolidity of mind that he could not discuss my prospects without having me before him.

--Charles Dickens

woman wearing gray long-sleeved shirt facing the sea

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.

--Charles Dickens

brown textile in close up image

My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

--Charles Dickens

None

The year end brings no greater pleasure then the opportunity to express to you season's greetings and good wishes. May your holidays and new year be filled with joy.

--Charles Dickens

silhouette of a person during sunset

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.

--Charles Dickens


blue and white abstract painting

When I speak of home, I speak of the place where in default of a better -- those I love are gathered together; and if that place where a gypsy's tent, or a barn, I should call it by the same good name notwithstanding.

--Charles Dickens

green trees beside body of water during daytime

We umble ones have got eyes, mostly speaking -- and we look out of 'em.

--Charles Dickens

yellow painted wall

And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death. And O what a bright old song it is, that O 'tis love, 'tis love, 'tis love that makes the world go round!

--Charles Dickens

brown wooden board

This was my only and my constant comfort. When I think of it, the picture always rises in my mind, of a summer evening, the boys at play in the churchyard, and I sitting on my bed, reading as if for life.

--Charles Dickens

Arizona landscape

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

--Charles Dickens

jellyfish under water photo

There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves, and a skeleton truth that we never did. To the best of my belief, our case was in the last respect a rather common one.

--Charles Dickens


sunset

Train up a fig tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it.

--Charles Dickens


green textile

Accidents will occur in the best regulated families.

--Charles Dickens


silhouette of tree during sunset

Over the whole, a young lady presided, whose gloomy haughtiness as she surveyed the street, announced a deep-seated grievance against society, and an implacable determination to be avenged.

--Charles Dickens

black textile in close up photography

When I have heard him talking to Papa during the sittings for the picture, I have sat wondering whether it could be that he has no belief in anybody else, because he has no belief in himself.

--Charles Dickens

blue and white painted wall

If the parks be "the lungs of London" we wonder what Greenwich Fair is -- a periodical breaking out, we suppose -- a sort of spring rash.

--Charles Dickens

blue and white water surface

The aphorism "Whatever is, is right," would be as final as it is lazy, did it not include the troublesome consequence that nothing that ever was, was wrong.

--Charles Dickens


blue sky

Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed.

--Charles Dickens

group of camels walking on desert lake at daytime

I cannot help it; reason has nothing to do with it; I love her against reason-but who would as soon love me for my own sake, as she would love the beggar at the corner.

--Charles Dickens

Arizona landscape rocks

Black are the brooding clouds and troubled the deep waters, when the Sea of Thought, first heaving from a calm, gives up its Dead.

--Charles Dickens





boat docked near house

We forge the chains we wear in life.

--Charles Dickens

black fawn pug playing with plush toy

How slight a thing will disturb the equanimity of our frail minds!

--Charles Dickens

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

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

--Charles Dickens

black and white photo of a black

It was darkly rumoured that the butler, regarding him with favour such as that stern man had never shown before to mortal boy, had sometimes mingled porter with his table beer to make him strong.

--Charles Dickens

yellow background

It's an old habit of mine, Wal'r," said the Captain, "any time these fifty year. When you see Ned Cuttle bite his nails, Wal'r, then you may know that Ned Cuttle's aground.

--Charles Dickens

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Charles Dickens

None

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.

--Charles Dickens

aerial photography of forest

Bear in mind then, that Brag is a good dog, but Holdfast is a better.

--Charles Dickens

person sleeping on gray gang chair

There was a frosty rime upon the trees, which, in the faint light of the clouded moon, hung upon the smaller branches like dead garlands.

--Charles Dickens

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

I saw her, in the fire, but now. I hear her in music, in the wind, in the dead stillness of the night," returned the haunted man.

--Charles Dickens


None

The aim of talk should be like the aim of a flying arrow -- to hit the mark; but to this end there must be a mark to hit, that is, there must be a listener.

--Charles Dickens

fireplace on fire

Philosophers are only men in armor after all.

--Charles Dickens

purple lavender flower

When we came within sight of the sea, the waves on the horizon, caught at intervals above the rolling abyss, were like glimpses of another shore with towers and buildings.

--Charles Dickens


brown grass field during daytime

The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world, brother.

--Charles Dickens


white flowers in brown stem

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.

--Charles Dickens

black fishes

He takes out his anger by having his carriage speed through the streets, scattering the commoners in the way.

--Charles Dickens

body of water under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Charles Dickens

stars across the sky view at the desert

Heavens knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.

--Charles Dickens


green leafed plant

I fear your kind and open communication, which has rendered me more painfully conscious of my own defects, has not improved me," sighed Kate.

--Charles Dickens

mixed paints in a plate

The Pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.

--Charles Dickens



close up photography of moon

He was bolder in the daylight-most men are.

--Charles Dickens



green grass field with smoke

The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish' and start saying ‘I will.' Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.

--Charles Dickens

low-angle photo of white daisy

There are many things which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited.

--Charles Dickens




sunset

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

--Charles Dickens

silhouette of trees during sunset

Quadruped lions are said to be savage, only when they are hungry; biped lions are rarely sulky longer than when their appetite for distinction remains unappeased.

--Charles Dickens

gray building

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.

--Charles Dickens


green grass field with smoke

The most important thing in life is to stop saying 'I wish' and start saying 'I will.' Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.

--Charles Dickens


icy mountain scenery

I was so humiliated, hurt, spurned, offended, angry, sorry -- I cannot hit upon the right name for the smart -- God knows what its name was -- that tears started to my eyes.

--Charles Dickens

beach during daytime

The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the God of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and in short you are for ever floored.

--Charles Dickens

blue rose in close up photography

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

--Charles Dickens



lightning strike at night

Unless we learn to do our duty to those whom we employ, they will never learn to do their duty to us.

--Charles Dickens


brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

You don't carry in your countenance a letter of recommendation.

--Charles Dickens

pink and white flower in close up photography

We produced a bundle of pens, a copious supply of ink, and a goodly show of writing and blotting paper. For there was something very comfortable in having plenty of stationary.

--Charles Dickens

green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

I am well aware that I am the 'umblest person going... My mother is likewise a very 'umble person. We live in a 'umble abode.

--Charles Dickens

panoramic photography of mountains

Around and around the house the leaves fall thick, but never fast, for they come circling down with a dead lightness that is sombre and slow.

--Charles Dickens




time lapse photography of lightning during storm

They are so filthy and bestial that no honest man would admit one into his house for a water-closet doormat.

--Charles Dickens

galaxy wallpaper

Spite is a little word, but it represents as strange a jumble of feelings and compound of discords, as any polysyllable in the language.

--Charles Dickens

silhouette of mountain during sunset

We can refute assertions, but who can refute silence?

--Charles Dickens

photography of starry sky

I assumed my first undivided responsibility.

--Charles Dickens

orange leaves tree

Poetry's unnat'ral; no man ever talked poetry 'cept a beadle on boxin' day, or Warren's blackin' or Rowland's oil, or some o' them low fellows; never you let yourself down to talk poetry, my boy.

--Charles Dickens



yellow and black striped background

If you can't get to be oncommon through going straight, you'll never get to do it through going crooked. So don't tell no more on 'em, Pip, and live well and die happy.

--Charles Dickens

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

‎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.

--Charles Dickens


brown pine trees near mountain covered with fog

Trifles make the sum of life.

--Charles Dickens

shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

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

--Charles Dickens

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

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.

--Charles Dickens

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

Send forth the child and childish man together, and blush for the pride that libels our own old happy state, and gives its title to an ugly and distorted image.

--Charles Dickens


black and white abstract illustration

My dear if you could give me a cup of tea to clear my muddle of a head I should better understand your affairs.

--Charles Dickens



lightning strike at night

I am what you designed me to be. I am your blade. You cannot now complain if you also feel the hurt.

--Charles Dickens

yellow painted wall

There is something good in all weathers. If it doesn't happen to be good for my work today, it's good for some other man's today... and will come around for me tomorrow.

--Charles Dickens

silhouette of kneeling man

No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot.

--Charles Dickens


brown sand under blue sky during daytime

Stranger, pause and ask thyself the question, Canst thou do likewise? If not, with a blush retire.

--Charles Dickens

two grey elephants on grass plains during sunset

Change begets change.

--Charles Dickens

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

Did it ever strike you on such a morning as this that drowning would be happiness and peace?

--Charles Dickens

beach during daytime

The cloud of caring for nothing, which overshadowed him with such a fatal darkness, was very rarely pierced by the light within him.

--Charles Dickens

blue and white light digital wallpaper

Battledore and shuttlecock's a wery good game, vhen you an't the shuttlecock and two lawyers the battledores, in which case it gets too exciting to be pleasant.

--Charles Dickens

forest trees

Remembrance, like a candle, burns brightest at Christmastime.

--Charles Dickens

water color palette on white surface

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

--Charles Dickens

clear wine glass with red wine

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

--Charles Dickens

red and black floral textile

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.

--Charles Dickens

gray cactus plant on white pot

O' course I came to look arter you, my darlin'," replied Mr. Weller; for once permitting his passion to get the better of his veracity.

--Charles Dickens


Arizona landscape

The sun himself is weak when he first rises; and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.

--Charles Dickens

man riding on boat on body of water

The cramped monotony of my existence grinds me away by the grain.

--Charles Dickens

green trees on brown soil

It is an old prerogative of kings to govern everything but their passions.

--Charles Dickens

woman in black tank top

It's Christmas Day!" said Scrooge to himself. "I haven't missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can.

--Charles Dickens






yellow green leaf

Possibly we might even improve the world a little, if we got up early in the morning, and took off our coats to the work.

--Charles Dickens

jellyfish under water photo

Apprehension of a painful or disagreeable recognition made me tremble. I am confident that it took no distinctness of shape, and that it was the revival for a few minutes of the terror of childhood.

--Charles Dickens

brown rocky mountain under gray sky

Foggier yet, and colder! Piercing, searching, biting cold.

--Charles Dickens



green leafed plant

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

--Charles Dickens

man on running field

What an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world!

--Charles Dickens

blue and white abstract painting

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.

--Charles Dickens


milky way wallpaper

Women can always put things in fewest words. Except when it's blowing up; and then they lengthens it out.

--Charles Dickens

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