Charles Dickens Quotes Part 15

Charles Dickens Quotes Part 15: Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.

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.

 

Charles Dickens Quotes Part 15

Charles dickens quotes

“If I could not walk far and fast, I think I should just explode and perish.”
― Charles Dickens

 

 

 

“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”
― Charles Dickens

 

 

 

“Above all, one hideous figure grew as familiar as if it had been before the general gaze from the foundations of the world – the figure of the sharp female called La Guillotine.
It was the popular theme for jests; it was the best cure for headache, it infallibly prevented hair from turning gray, it imparted a peculiar delicacy to the complexion, it was the National Razor which shaved close: who kissed La Guillotine looked through the little window and sneezed into the sack.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 

 

 

 

“Estella was the inspiration of it, and the heart of it, of course. But, though she had taken such strong possession of me, though my fancy and my hope were so set upon her, though her influence on my boyish life and character had been all-powerful, I did not, even that romantic morning, invest her with any attributes save those she possessed. I mention this in this place, of a fixed purpose, because it is the clue by which I am to be followed into my poor labyrinth. According to my experience, the conventional notion of a lover cannot be always true. The unqualified truth is, that when I loved Estella with the love of a man, I loved her simply because I found her irresistible. 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. Once for all; I loved her none the less because I knew it, and it had no more influence in restraining me, than if I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Charles Dickens Quotes Part 15

 

 

 

“[W]e talk about the tyranny of words, but we like to tyrannise over them too; we are fond of having a large superfluous establishment of words to wait upon us on great occasions; we think it looks important, and sounds well. As we are not particular about the meaning of our liveries on state occassions, if they be but fine and numerous enough, so, the meaning or necessity of our words is a secondary consideration, if there be but a great parade of them. And as individuals get into trouble by making too great a show of liveries, or as slaves when they are too numerous rise against their masters, so I think I could mention a nation that has got into many great difficulties, and will get into many greater, from maintaining too large a retinue of words.”
― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

 

 

 

 

“A new heart for a New Year, always!”
― Charles Dickens, The Chimes

 

 

 

 

“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, Our Mutual Friend

 

Charles Dickens Quotes Part 15

 

 

“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, Great Expectations

 

 

 

“If you can’t get to be uncommon through going straight, you’ll never get to do it through going crooked. […] live well and die happy.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 

 

 

“Your tale is of the longest,” observed Monks, moving restlessly in his chair.

It is a true tale of grief and trial, and sorrow, young man,” returned Mr. Brownlow, “and such tales usually are; if it were one of unmixed joy and happiness, it would be very brief.”
― Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

 

 

 

 

“People like us don’t go out at night cause people like them see us for what we are”
― Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

 

 

Charles Dickens Quotes Part 15

 

“It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.”
― Charles Dickens

 

 

 

“Detestation of the high is the involuntary homage of the low.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 

 

 

“A display of indifference to all the actions and passions of mankind was not supposed to be such a distinguished quality at that time, I think, as I have observed it to be considered since. I have known it very fashionable indeed. I have seen it displayed with such success, that I have encountered some fine ladies and gentlemen who might as well have been born caterpillars.”
― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

 

 

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