Charles Dickens Quotes

Charles John Huffam Dickens, an English novelist and astute social critic, is renowned for crafting some of literature’s most iconic fictional personalities. He is esteemed by numerous as the preeminent novelist of the Victorian era. Wikipedia

“Walk and be Happy, Walk and be Healthy…” ~ Charles Dickens

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

“Remembrance, like a candle, burns brightest at Christmastime.” ~ Charles Dickens

“And I am bored to death with it. Bored to death with this place, bored to death with my life, bored to death with myself.” ~ Charles Dickens

“God bless us, every one!” ~ Charles Dickens

“The law is an ass, an idiot.” ~ Charles Dickens

“It is no small thing, when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Least said, soonest mended.” ~ Charles Dickens

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” ~ Charles Dickens

“A man is lucky if he is the first love of a woman. A woman is lucky if she is the last love of a man.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Home is like the ship at sea, Sailing on eternally; Oft the anchor forth we cast, But can never make it fast.” ~ Charles Dickens

“There are chords in the human heart- strange, varying strings- which are only struck by accident; which will remain mute and senseless to appeals the most passionate and earnest, and respond at last to the slightest casual touch.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” ~ Charles Dickens

“The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy; walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose.” ~ Charles Dickens

“I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we’d give blood.” ~ Charles Dickens

“I only ask for information.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers, and are famous preservers of good looks.” ~ Charles Dickens

“I was a blacksmith’s boy but yesterday; I am – what shall I say I am today?” ~ Charles Dickens

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and some people do the same by their religion.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.” ~ Charles Dickens

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” ~ Charles Dickens

“The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.” ~ Charles Dickens

“I stole her heart away and put ice in its place.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” ~ Charles Dickens

“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

“Love her, love her, love her! If she favours you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces – and as it gets older and stronger, it will tear deeper – love her, love her, love her!” ~ Charles Dickens

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before – more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.” ~ Charles Dickens

“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.” ~ Charles Dickens

“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.” ~ Charles Dickens

“New thoughts and hopes were whirling through my mind, and all the colours of my life were changing.” ~ Charles Dickens

“We forge the chains we wear in life.” ~ Charles Dickens

“The coffee was boiling over a charcoal fire, and large slices of bread and butter were piled one upon the other like deals in a lumber yard.” ~ Charles Dickens

“We can refute assertions, but who can refute silence?” ~ Charles Dickens

“A smattering of everything, and a knowledge of nothing.” ~ Charles Dickens

“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” ~ Charles Dickens

“To a young heart everything is fun.” ~ Charles Dickens

“There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast.” ~ Charles Dickens

“The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.” ~ Charles Dickens

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

“The year end brings no greater pleasure then the opportunity to express to you season’s greetings and good wishes. May your holidays and new year be filled with joy.” ~ Charles Dickens

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

“There was something very comfortable in having plenty of stationery.” ~ Charles Dickens

“No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.” ~ Charles Dickens

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

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.” ~ Charles Dickens

“It is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.” ~ Charles Dickens

“A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to the world!” ~ Charles Dickens

“Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity.” ~ Charles Dickens

“What greater gift than the love of a cat.” ~ Charles Dickens

“It’s in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present.” ~ Charles Dickens

“A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it.” ~ Charles Dickens

“I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Death is a mighty, universal truth.” ~ Charles Dickens

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

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” ~ Charles Dickens

“There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.” ~ Charles Dickens

“We never tire of the friendships we form with books.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait.” ~ Charles Dickens

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

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

“A new heart for a New Year, always!” ~ Charles Dickens

“My dear young lady, crime, like death, is not confined to the old and withered alone. The youngest and fairest are too often its chosen victims.” ~ Charles Dickens

“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

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!” ~ Charles Dickens

“Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.” ~ Charles Dickens

“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.” ~ Charles Dickens

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

“Christmas is a poor excuse every 25th of December to pick a man’s pockets.” ~ Charles Dickens

“And a beautiful world we live in, when it is possible, and when many other such things are possible, and not only possible, but done – done, see you! – under that sky there, every day.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; – the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!” ~ Charles Dickens

“No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Is it better to have had a good thing and lost it, or never to have had it?” ~ Charles Dickens

“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

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

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

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!” ~ Charles Dickens

“Consider nothing impossible, then treat possiblities as probabilities.” ~ Charles Dickens

“A very little key will open a very heavy door.” ~ Charles Dickens

“I had no advice, no counsel, no encouragement, no consolation, no assistance, no support, of any kind, from anyone, that I can call to mind, as I hope to go to heaven!” ~ Charles Dickens

“Once a gentleman, and always a gentleman.” ~ Charles Dickens

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Try to do unto others as you would have them do to you, and do not be discouraged if they fail sometimes. It is much better that they should fail than you should.” ~ Charles Dickens

“The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.” ~ Charles Dickens

“We need never be ashamed of our tears.” ~ Charles Dickens

“I am at the moment deaf in the ears, hoarse in the throat, red in the nose, green in the gills, damp in the eyes, twitchy in the joints and fractious in temper from a most intolerable and oppressive cold.” ~ Charles Dickens

“For not an orphan in the wide world can be so deserted as the child who is an outcast from a living parent’s love.” ~ Charles Dickens

“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

“The cloud of caring for nothing, which overshadowed him with such a fatal darkness, was very rarely pierced by the light within him.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Do all the good you can and make as little fuss about it as possible.” ~ Charles Dickens

“I have been, as the phrase is, liberally educated, and am fit for nothing.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Love is in all things a most wonderful teacher.” ~ Charles Dickens

“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

“He did each single thing as if he did nothing else.” ~ Charles Dickens

“And can it be that in a world so full and busy the loss of one creature makes a void so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of eternity can fill it up!” ~ Charles Dickens

“There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.” ~ Charles Dickens

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

“Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.” ~ Charles Dickens

“People like us don’t go out at night cause people like them see us for what we are.” ~ Charles Dickens

“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

“Little Red Riding Hood was my first love. I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding Hood, I should have known perfect bliss.” ~ Charles Dickens

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