No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
Missionaries are perfect nuisances and leave every place worse than they found it.
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.
The New Year, like an infant heir to the whole world, was waited for, with welcomes, presents, and rejoicings.
Jarndyce and Jarndyce has passed into a joke. That is the only good that has ever come of it.
I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
And to-morrow looked in my face more steadily than I could look at it.
Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.
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.
I believe the spreading of Catholicism to be the most horrible means of political and social degradation left in the world.
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.
I do not know the American gentleman, God forgive me for putting two such words together.
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.
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.
Rich folks may ride on camels, but it ain't so easy for 'em to see out of a needle's eye.
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.
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.
The ocean asks for nothing but those who stand by her shores gradually attune themselves to her rhythm.
Anything for the quick life, as the man said when he took the situation at the lighthouse.
There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas.
Polly put the kettle on, we'll all have tea.
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.
We must have humbug, we all like humbug, we couldn't get on without humbug.
I wished that I had some other guardian of minor abilities.
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.
Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many-not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
The New Year, like an Infant Heir to the whole world, was waited for, with welcomes, presents, and rejoicings.
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.
There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.
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.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.
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.
I find the nights long, for I sleep but little, and think much.
Remember, to the last, that while there is life there is hope.
Circumstances may accumulate so strongly even against an innocent man, that directed, sharpened, and pointed, they may slay him.
'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!'
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
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.
Credit is a system whereby a person who can't pay, gets another person who can't pay, to guarantee that he can pay.
Christmas is a poor excuse every 25th of December to pick a man's pockets.
Do not close your heart against all my efforts to help you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Troubles are exceedingly gregarious in their nature, and flying in flocks are apt to perch capriciously.
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.
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.
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.
My impression is, after many years of consideration, that there never can have been anybody in the world who played worse.
The wine-shops breed, in physical atmosphere of malaria and a moral pestilence of envy and vengeance, the men of crime and revolution.
New thoughts and hopes were whirling through my mind, and all the colours of my life were changing.
For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.
It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper; so cry away.
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.
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!
Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.
Gold, for the instant, lost its luster in his eyes, for there were countless treasures of the heart which it could never purchase.
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!
Still his philanthropy was of that gunpowderous sort that the difference between it and animosity was hard to determine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A man must take the fat with the lean.
I always loved that boy as if he'd been my -- my -- my own grandfather.
Loves and Cupids took to flight afraid, and Martyrdom had no such torment in its painted history of suffering.
And it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.
What a troublesome world this is, when one has the most right to expect it to be as agreeable as possible.
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.
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.
Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.
He cross-examined his very wine when he had nothing else at hand.
Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.
He would make a lovely corpse.
We need never be ashamed of our tears.
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.
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.
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!
I never see any difference in boys. I only know two sorts of boys. Mealy boys and beef-faced boys.
Marley was dead, to begin with ... This must be distintly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate.
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.
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.
Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.
Company, you see -- company is -- is -- it's a very different thing from solitude -- an't it?
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.
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.
A new heart for a New Year, always!
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.
United metropolitan improved hot muffin and crumpet baking and punctual delivery company.
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.
"It wasn't the wine," murmured Mr. Snodgrass, in a broken voice. "It was the salmon."
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.
If a pig could give his mind to anything, he would not be a pig.
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.
There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast.
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.
May not the complaint, that common people are above their station, often take its rise in the fact of uncommon people being below theirs?
There can be no disparity in marriage like unsuitability of mind and purpose.
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!
With affection beaming in one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.
The beating of my heart was so violent and wild that I felt as if my life were breaking from me.
If I could not walk far and fast, I think I should just explode and perish.
My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.
To have a cricket on the hearth is the luckiest thing in all the world!
There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.
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.
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.
I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me.
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!
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!
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.
I was a blacksmith's boy but yesterday; I am -- what shall I say I am today?
Accidents will occur in the best-regulated families.
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!
Man cannot really improve himself without improving others.
My advice is, never do to-morrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!
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.
Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She wasn't a logically reasoning woman, but God is good, and hearts may count in heaven as high as heads.
That sort of half sigh, which, accompanied by two or three slight nods of the head, is pity's small change in general society.
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.
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.
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?
One should never be ashamed to cry. Tears are rain on the dust of earth.
I have always thought of Christmas time... as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant 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.
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.
I made a compact with myself that in my person literature should stand by itself, of itself, and for itself.
The one great principle of English law is to make business for itself.
The sun does not shine upon this fair earth to meet frowning eyes, depend upon it.
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.
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.
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.
The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.
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.
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.
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.
The broken heart. You think you will die, but you just keep living, day after day after terrible day.
What am I doing? Tearing myself. My usual occupation at most times.
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.
There is no such passion in human nature, as the passion for gravy among commercial gentlemen.
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!
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!
Nobody near me here, but rats, and they are fine stealthy secret fellows.
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.
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.
I ain't took so many year to make a gentleman, not without knowing what's due to him.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and some people do the same by their religion.
A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
I know enough of the world now to have almost lost the capacity of being much surprised by anything.
Please, sir, I want some more.
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!
A very little key will open a very heavy door.
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.
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.
Never close your lips to those whom you have opened your heart.
Your voice and music are the same to me.
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.
There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.
If they would rather die, ... they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.
It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
His philanthropy was of that gunpowderous sort that the difference between it and animosity was hard to determine.
Get out of this office! I'll have no feelings here.
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.
I think the Romans must have aggravated one another very much, with their noses. Perhaps, they became the restless people they were, in consequence.
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.
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.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
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.
It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home.
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?
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.
Think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you.
A man can well afford to be as bold as brass, my good fellow, when he gets gold in exchange!
Affery, like greater people, had always been right in her facts, and always wrong in the theories she deduced from them.
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.
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.
I confess I have yet to learn that a lesson of the purest good may not be drawn from the vilest evil.
Along the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh. Six tumbrils carry the day's wine to La Guillotine.
Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.
Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.
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.
It's my old girl that advises. She has the head. But I never own to it before her. Discipline must be maintained.
Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast.
He had but one eye and the pocket of prejudice runs in favor of two.
'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.'
Veels vithin veels, a prison in a prison.
Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that.
Ride on! Ride on over all obstacles and win the race.
An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.
Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence.
Perhaps second-hand cares, like second-hand clothes, come easily off and on.
There is a wisdom of the head, and… there is a wisdom of the heart.
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.
Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life.
Ah, if only I had brought a cigar with me! This would have established my identity.
If the world go wrong, it was, in some off-hand manner, never meant to go right.
I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world.
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.
Best and happiest of all, the Time before him was his own, to make amends in!
Time has been lost and opportunity thrown away, but I am yet a young man, and may retrieve it.
Do all the good you can, and make as little fuss about it as possible.
Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; -- the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!
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!
So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.
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.
The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world.
A demd, damp, moist, unpleasant body!
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.
Would it be weakness to return my love?
There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.
My imagination would never have served me as it has, but for the habit of commonplace, humble, patient, daily, toiling, drudging attention.
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.
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.
So does a whole world, with all of its greatness and littleness, lie in a twinkling star.
Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
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.
God bless us, every one!
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.
I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.
My guiding star always is, Get hold of portable property.
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.
Money, says the proverb, makes money. When you have got a little, it is often easy to get more.
Bless us all With playful years With noisy games and joyful tears.
Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.
I will live in the past, the present, and the future. The spirits of all three shall strive within me.
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.
An inebriated elderly gentleman in the last depths of shabbiness... played the calm and virtuous old men.
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.
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.
There is nothing truer than physiognomy, taken in connection with manner.
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?.
Skewered through and through with office-pens, and bound hand and foot with red tape.
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?
The shadows of our own desires stand between us and our better angels, and thus their brightness is eclipsed.
Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years it was a splendid laugh!
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.
Not knowing how he lost himself, or how he recovered himself, he may never feel certain of not losing himself again.
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!
To a young heart everything is fun.
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.
I work pretty hard for a sufficient living, and therefore -- yes, I do well.
It was a good thing to have a couple of thousand people all rigid and frozen together, in the palm of one's hand.
It is too late for that. I shall never be better than I am. I shall sink lower, and be worse.
The life of Shakespeare is a fine mystery and I tremble every day lest something turn up.
I was glad to be tenderly remembered, to be gently pitied, not to be quite forgotten.
Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Bless those women; they never do anything by halves. They are always in earnest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have 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.
In a utilitarian age, of all other times, it is a matter of grave importance that fairy tales should be respected.
Our love had begun in folly, and ended in madness!
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.
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.
The habit of paying compliments kept a man's tongue oiled without any expense.
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.
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.
Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.
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.
It is the most miserable thing to feel ashamed at home.
The carpenter's daughter has won a name for herself, and deserved to win it.
The world belongs to those who set out to conquer it armed with self confidence and good humour.
What such people miscall their religion, is a vent for their bad humours and arrogance.
Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.
The one serviceable, safe, certain, remunerative, attainable quality in every study, and every pursuit is the quality of attention.
Spring is the time of the year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oliver Twist has asked for more!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Champagne is simply one of the elegant extras of life.
The more man knows of man, the better for the common brotherhood among men.
There was a little too much of the best intentions going on.
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.
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!
Be natural my children. For the writer that is natural has fulfilled all the rules of art.
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.
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.
Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips.
Death is a mighty, universal truth.
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.
The sergeant was describing a military life. It was all drinking, he said, except that there were frequent intervals of eating and love making.
On the Rampage, Pip, and off the Rampage, Pip -- such is Life!
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.
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.
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 is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood.
I will honor christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
And this is the eternal law. For, Evil often stops short at istelf and dies with the doer of it! but Good, never.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Try not to associate bodily defect with mental, my good friend, except for a solid reason.
I ate 'umble pie with an appetite.
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.
Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one.
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.
It is no small thing that they, who are so fresh from God, love us.
Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.
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.
There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.
That glorious vision of doing good is so often the sanguine mirage of so many good minds.
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.
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.
Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.
This is a world of action, and not moping and droning in.
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.
When I went out, light of day seemed a darker color than when I went in.
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.
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.
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.
Reflect upon your present blessings.
Old Marley was dead as a doornail... The wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile.
My sister having so much to do, was going to church vicariously, that is to say, Joe and I were going.
Mystery and disappointment are not absolutely indispensable to the growth of love, but they are, very often, its powerful auxiliaries.
Constancy in love is a good thing; but it means nothing, and is nothing, without constancy in every kind of effort.
When a man bleeds inwardly, it is a dangerous thing for himself; but when he laughs inwardly, it bodes no good to other people.
Nothing that we do, is done in vain. I believe, with all my soul, that we shall see triumph.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
The miserable man was a man of that confined stolidity of mind that he could not discuss my prospects without having me before him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We umble ones have got eyes, mostly speaking -- and we look out of 'em.
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!
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.
She had curiously thoughtful and attentive eyes; eyes that were very pretty and very good.
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.
Train up a fig tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it.
Accidents will occur in the best regulated families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed.
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.
Black are the brooding clouds and troubled the deep waters, when the Sea of Thought, first heaving from a calm, gives up its Dead.
We forge the chains we wear in life.
How slight a thing will disturb the equanimity of our frail minds!
Credit is a system whereby a person who can not pay gets another person who can not pay to guarantee that he can pay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bear in mind then, that Brag is a good dog, but Holdfast is a better.
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.
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.
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.
Philosophers are only men in armor after all.
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.
The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world, brother.
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.
He takes out his anger by having his carriage speed through the streets, scattering the commoners in the way.
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.
Heavens knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.
I fear your kind and open communication, which has rendered me more painfully conscious of my own defects, has not improved me," sighed Kate.
The Pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.
He was bolder in the daylight-most men are.
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.
There are many things which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited.
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
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.
Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.
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.
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.
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.
So may the New Year be a happy one to you, happy to many more whose happiness depends on you!
Unless we learn to do our duty to those whom we employ, they will never learn to do their duty to us.
You don't carry in your countenance a letter of recommendation.
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.
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.
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.
They are so filthy and bestial that no honest man would admit one into his house for a water-closet doormat.
Spite is a little word, but it represents as strange a jumble of feelings and compound of discords, as any polysyllable in the language.
We can refute assertions, but who can refute silence?
I assumed my first undivided responsibility.
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.
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.
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.
Trifles make the sum of life.
We'll start to forget a place once we left it.
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.
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.
My dear if you could give me a cup of tea to clear my muddle of a head I should better understand your affairs.
I am what you designed me to be. I am your blade. You cannot now complain if you also feel the hurt.
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.
No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot.
Stranger, pause and ask thyself the question, Canst thou do likewise? If not, with a blush retire.
Change begets change.
Did it ever strike you on such a morning as this that drowning would be happiness and peace?
The cloud of caring for nothing, which overshadowed him with such a fatal darkness, was very rarely pierced by the light within him.
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.
Remembrance, like a candle, burns brightest at Christmastime.
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
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.
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.
The sun himself is weak when he first rises; and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.
The cramped monotony of my existence grinds me away by the grain.
It is an old prerogative of kings to govern everything but their passions.
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.
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.
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.
Foggier yet, and colder! Piercing, searching, biting cold.
A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
What an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world!
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.
Women can always put things in fewest words. Except when it's blowing up; and then they lengthens it out.