Quotations by Charles Dickens

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Born: Friday, February 7, 1812
Died: Thursday, June 9, 1870 (58 years old)
Profession: Novelist
Nationality: English


'Tis love that makes the world go round, my baby.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Love, Baby, World)

A boy's story is the best that is ever told.
- Charles Dickens

A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Day, Self)

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Wisdom, Heart)

A person who can't pay gets another person who can't pay to guarantee that he can pay. Like a person with two wooden legs getting another person with two wooden legs to guarantee that he has got two natural legs. It don't make either of them able to do a walking-match.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Walking)

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Fact, Mystery)

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.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: People, Taste)

An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Idea, Will)

Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Credit, Man, May, Spirits, Temper)

Anything for the quick life, as the man said when he took the situation at the lighthouse.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Life, Man, Quick)

Bring in the bottled lightning, a clean tumbler, and a corkscrew.
- Charles Dickens

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Home, Charity, Justice)

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.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Cows, Passion)

Credit is a system whereby a person who can not pay gets another person who can not pay to guarantee that he can pay.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Credit)

Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: People, Dignity, Holiness, Questions)

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'.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Fancy, Taste)

Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Soul, Communication, Will)

Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Friendship, Wine)

Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Men)

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!
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Childhood, Christmas, Man, Old, Quiet, Youth)

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Heart, Temper)

He had but one eye and the pocket of prejudice runs in favor of two.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Eye, Prejudice)

He would make a lovely corpse.
- Charles Dickens

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.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Home, Name, Spirit, Word)

I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Men, Trust, Idea, Honesty, Day, Dishonesty, Nonsense, Quantity, Will)

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.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Time, Determination, Diligence, Habits, Order, Punctuality)

I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Butterflies)

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Heart, Christmas, Honor, Will)

If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: People, 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.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Children, Existence, Injustice, Nothing, World)

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.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Rest)

It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Men, Truth, Melancholy, Poor)

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.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Baby, World)

It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper; so cry away.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Eyes, Temper)

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.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Light, March, Summer, Sun, Wind, Winter)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
- Charles Dickens

It's my old girl that advises. She has the head. But I never own to it before her. Discipline must be maintained.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Discipline, Old)

Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Existence)

Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Life)

May not the complaint, that common people are above their station, often take its rise in the fact of uncommon people being below theirs?
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: People, Being, Complaint, Fact, May)

Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Men, Business)

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.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Nature, Time, Progress, Grave, Night)

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Burden, World)

Oh the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called man! Oh the little that unhinges it, poor creatures that we are!
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Machine, Nerves, Poor)

Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Words)

Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Men, Blessings, Man, Past, Present)

Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Property)

Renunciation remains sorrow, though a sorrow borne willingly.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Renunciation, Sorrow)

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.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Blush, Man, Old, Pride, State, Ugly)

Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature)



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