Charles Dickens Quotes Part 186

Charles Dickens Quotes Part 186: 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 186

Charles dickens quotes

 

 

“The members of the board were very sage, deep, philosophical men; and when they came to turn their attention to the workhouse, they found out at once, what ordinary folk would never have discovered – the poor people like it! It was a regular place of public entertainment for the poorer classes; a tavern where there was nothing to pay; a public breakfast, dinner, tea, and supper all year round; a brick and mortar elysium where it was all play and no work. “Oho!” said the board, looking very knowing; “we are the fellows to set this to rights; we’ll stop it all in no time.” So, they established the rule, that all poor people should have the alternative (for they would compel nobody, not they) of being starved by a gradual process in the house, or a quick one out of it. With this view, they contracted with the waterworks to lay on an unlimited supply of water; and with a corn-factor to supply periodically small quantities of oatmeal; and issued three meals of thin gruel per day, with an onion twice a week, and half a roll on Sundays. They made a great many other wise and humane regulations, having reference to the ladies, which it is not necessary to repeat; undertook to divorce poor married people, in consequence of the great expense of a suit in Doctor’s Commons; and, instead of compelling a man to support his family, as they had theretofore done, took his family away from him, and made him a bachelor! There is no saying how many applicants for relief under these two heads, might have started up in all classes of society, if it had not been coupled with the workhouse; but the board were long-headed men, and had provided for this difficulty. The relief was inseparable from the workhouse and the gruel; and that frightened people. For the first six months after Oliver Twist was removed, the system was in full operation. It was rather expensive at first, in consequence to the increase in the undertaker’s bill, and the necessity of taking in the clothes of all the paupers, which fluttered loosely on their wasted, shrunken forms, after a week or two’s gruel.”
― Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

 

 

Charles Dickens Quotes Part 186

 

 

 

“Bah!” said Scrooge, “Humbug!”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

“It would come dearer…for when a person comes to grind off poetry night after night, it is but right that he should expect to be paid for its weakening effect upon his mind.”
― Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

 

 

 

 

 

“There was silence, which was not broken until Arthur had stood for some time at the window with his back towards them, and until his little wife that was to be had gone to him and stayed by him.”
― Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit

 

 

Charles Dickens Quotes Part 186

 

 

“us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way— in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil,”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 

 

 

 

 

“In England, there was scarcely an amount of order and protection to justify much national boasting. Daring burglaries by armed men, and highway robberies, took place in the capital itself every night; families were publicly cautioned not to go out of town without removing their furniture to upholsterers’ warehouses for security; the highwayman in the dark was a City tradesman in the light, and, being recognised and challenged by his fellow-tradesman whom he stopped in his character of “the Captain,” gallantly shot him through the head and rode away; the mail was waylaid by seven robbers, and the guard shot three dead, and then got shot dead himself by the other four, “in consequence of the failure of his ammunition:” after which the mail was robbed in peace; that magnificent potentate, the Lord Mayor of London, was made to stand and deliver on Turnham Green, by”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 

 

Charles Dickens Quotes Part 186

 

 

 

“I wished that I had some other guardian of minor abilities.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 

 

 

 

 

“…[I]n shutting out the light of day, [Miss Havisham] had shut out infinitely more; that, in seclusion, she had secluded herself from a thousand natural and healing influences; that, her mind, brooding solitary, had grown diseased, as all minds do and must and will that reverse the appointed order of their Maker, I knew equally well. And could I look upon her without compassion, seeing her punishment in the ruin she was, in her profound unfitness for this earth on which she was placed, in the vanity of sorrow which had become a master mania, like the vanity of penitence, the vanity of remorse, the vanity of unworthiness, and other monstrous vanities that have been curses in this world?”
― Charles Dickens

 

 

Charles Dickens Quotes Part 186

 

 

“En zo, bij dag en bij nacht, onder zon en sterrenlicht, over heuvelen en door eenzame vlakten, over land en zee trekkend, gaande en komende zoals het lot wil, steeds andere mensen ontmoetend, zo trekken wij, rusteloze reizigers door de pelgrimstocht die het leven heet.”
― Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit: Volume 1

 

 

 

 

 

“Her [Caddy] father released her, took out his pocket handkerchief, and sat down on the stairs with his head against the wall. I hope he found some consolation in walls. I almost think he did.”
― Charles Dickens, Bleak House

 

 

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