November 30, 2016

Charles Dickens Quotes

“… although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion, if you can keep him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.”

“A boy’s story is the best that is ever told.”

“A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.”

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”

“A man in public life expects to be sneered at – it is the fault of his elevated situation, and not of himself.”

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every breathing heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it!”

“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.”

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

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

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

“Bring in the bottled lightning, a clean tumbler, and a corkscrew.”

“Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.”

“Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.”

“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.”

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

“Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine.”

“Do you spell it with a “V” or a “W”?’ inquired the judge. ‘That depends upon the taste and fancy of the speller, my Lord.'”

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

“Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.”

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

“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!”

“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!”

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

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

“He would make a lovely corpse.”

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

“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.”

“I am a lone lorn creetur,’ were Mrs. Gummidge’s words… ‘and every think goes contrary with me.”

“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 subject at a time.”

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

“If any one were to ask me what in my opinion was the dullest and most stupid spot on the face of the Earth, I should decidedly say Chelmsford.”

“If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

“It’s a mad world. Mad as Bedlam.”

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

“It’s over, and can’t be helped, and that’s one consolation, as they always say in Turkey, ven they cuts the wrong man’s head off.”

“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.”

“Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence.”

“Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.”

“London. Michaelmas Term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall. Implacable November weather.”

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

“Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort, and like them, are often successfully cured by remedies in themselves very nauseous and unpalatable.”

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

“Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions.”

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

“My other piece of advice, Copperfield,’ said Mr. Micawber, ‘you know. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery.”

“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.”

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

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

“Oh the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called man! Oh the little that unhinges it, poor creatures that we are!”

“Orses and dorgs is some men’s fancy. They’re wittles and drink to me.”

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

“Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs.”

“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.”

“Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you’ve conquered human nature.”

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

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

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

“The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you.”

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

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

“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”

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

“The word of a gentleman is as good as his bond; and sometimes better.”

“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”

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

“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.”

“There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.”

“There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.”

“There is a wisdom of the Head, and… there is a wisdom of the Heart.”

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

“To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.”

“What a world of gammon and spinnage it is, though, ain’t it!”

“When death strikes down the innocent and young, for every fragile form from which he lets the panting spirit free, a hundred virtues rise, in shapes of mercy, charity, and love, to walk the world and bless it. Of every tear that sorrowing mortals shed on such green graves, some good is born, some gentler nature comes.”

“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.”

“You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!”