Charles Dickens Quotes Part 38

Charles Dickens Quotes Part 38: 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 38

Charles dickens quotes

 

 

“He had a certain air of being a handsome man–which he was not; and a certain air of being a well-bred man–which he was not. It was mere swagger and challenge; but in this particular, as in many others, blustering assertion goes for proof, half over the world.”
― Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit: Volume 1

 

 

 

“How slight a thing will disturb the equanimity of our frail minds!”
― Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

 

 

 

“A commission of haberdashers could alone have reported what
the rest of her poor dress was made of, but it had a strong general
resemblance to seaweed, with here and there a gigantic tea-leaf.
Her shawl looked particularly like a tea-leaf after long infusion.”
― Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit

 

 

 

 

“Its other name was Satis, which is Greek, or Latin, or Hebrew, or all three — or all one to me — for enough….but it meant more than it said. It meant, when it was given, that whoever had this house, could want nothing else.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 

 

 

 

 

“Judiciously show a cat, milk, if you wish her to thirst for it. Judiciously show a dog his natural prey, if you wish him to bring it down one day.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 

 

Charles Dickens Quotes Part 38

 

“However, the Sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.”
― Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop

 

 

 

 

“Nature forgot to shade him off, I think… A little too boisterous–like the sea. A little too
vehement–like a bull who has made up his mind to consider every
colour scarlet. But I grant a sledge-hammering sort of merit in him!”
― Charles Dickens, Bleak House

 

 

 

 

“Indeed, there was a frankness in his face, an honesty, and an undisguised show of his pride in her, and his love for her, which were, to me, the best of good looks.”
― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

 

 

 

 

 

“The weather being hot, he had no cravat, and wore his shirt collar wide open; so that every time he spoke something was seen to twitch and jerk up in his throat, like the little hammers in a harpsichord when the notes are struck. Perhaps it was the Truth feebly endeavouring to leap to his lips. If so, it never reached them.”
― Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit

 

Charles Dickens Quotes Part 38

 

 

“There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.”
― Charles Dickens

 

 

 

 

 

“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, Sketches by Boz

 

 

 

 

“It is the custom on the stage: in all good, murderous melodramas: to present the tragic and the comic scenes, in as regular alternation, as the layers of red and white in a side of streaky, well-cured bacon. The hero sinks upon his straw bed, weighed down by fetters and misfortunes; and, in the next scene, his faithful but unconscious squire regales the audience with a comic song. We behold, with throbbing bosoms, the heroine in the grasp of a proud and ruthless baron: her virtue and her life alike in danger; drawing forth a dagger to preserve the one at the cost of the other; and, just as our expectations are wrought up to the highest pitch, a whistle is heard: and we are straightway transported to the great hall of the castle: where a grey-headed seneschal sings a funny chorus with a funnier body of vassals, who are free of all sorts of places from church vaults to palaces, and roam about in company, carolling perpetually.

Such changes appear absurd; but they are not so unnatural as they would seem at first sight. The transitions in real life from well-spread boards to death-beds, and from mourning weeds to holiday garments, are not a whit less startling; only, there, we are busy actors, instead of passive lookers-on; which makes a vast difference. The actors in the mimic life of the theatre, are blind to violent transitions and abrupt impulses of passion or feeling, which, presented before the eyes of mere spectators, are at once condemned as outrageous and preposterous.”
― Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

 

 

 

 

“No vivacious Bacchanalian flame leaped out of the pressed grape of Monsieur Defarge: but, a smouldering fire that burnt in the dark lay hidden in the dregs of it.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 

 

 

 

“It was so like Smith’s work, so much more like the top of a strongly spiked wall than a head of hair, that the best of players at leap-frog might have declined him, as the most dangerous man in the world to go over.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

 

 

 

 

“He never thought that she saw in him what no one else could see. He never thought that in the whole world there were no other eyes that looked upon him with the same light and strength as hers.”
― Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit

 

 

Charles Dickens Quotes Part 38

 

“If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces– love her, love her, love her!”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

 

 

 

 

 

“He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

 

 

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