Charles Dickens Quotes

“There are dark shadows on earth, but the light are always brighter.” – Charles Dickens

"There are dark shadows on earth, but the light are always brighter." - Charles Dickens Quotes

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

“What was over couldn’t be begun, and what couldn’t be cured must be endured.” – 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

“Never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Charles Dickens

“Money can’t buy a happy life, or a peaceful death.” – Charles Dickens

“Life is made of ever many partings welded together, as I may say, and one man’s a blacksmith and one’s a whitesmith, one’s a goldsmith, and one’s a coppersmith. Divisions among such must come, and must be met as they come.” – Charles Dickens

“But, there is one broad sky over all the world, and whether it be blue or cloudy, the same heaven beyond.” – Charles Dickens

“The broken heart. You think you will die, but you keep living, day after day after terrible day.” – Charles Dickens

“The loveliest things in life are but shadows; they come and go, and change and fade away.” – Charles Dickens

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

"Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door." - Charles Dickens Quotes

“The important thing is this: to be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become.” – Charles Dickens

“The happiness he gives is quite as great, as if it cost a fortune.” – Charles Dickens

“For any mastering idea, he should have endangered his freedom and even his life.” – Charles Dickens

“While there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humor.” – Charles Dickens

“I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world.” – Charles Dickens

“Time has been lost and opportunity thrown away, but I am yet a young man, and may retrieve it.” – Charles Dickens

“Try not to associate bodily defects with mental, my good friend, except for a solid reason.” – Charles Dickens

“None of us clearly know to whom or to what we are indebted in this wise, until some marked stop in the whirling wheel of life brings the right perception with it.” – Charles Dickens

“Christmas, and the end of the year, is definitely a time when people try their hardest to begin afresh, a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.”- Charles Dickens

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

"We need never be ashamed of our tears." - Charles Dickens Quotes

“The ties that bind the wealthy and the proud to home may be forged on earth, but those which link the poor man to his humble hearth are of truer metal and bear the stamp of Heaven.” – Charles Dickens

“Evil communications corrupt good manners.” – Charles Dickens

“The death close before me was terrible, but far more terrible than death was the dread of being misremembered after death.” – Charles Dickens

“I had a guiding spirit at my side whose simple faith and clear home-wisdom I had proved, beguiled my way.” – Charles Dickens

“The freshness of her beauty was indeed gone, but its indescribable majesty and its indescribable charm remained.” – Charles Dickens

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

“Of all my worldly possessions I took no more than the few necessaries that filled the bag. Where I might go, what I might do, or when I might return, were questions utterly unknown to me.” – Charles Dickens

“I could have summed up years and years and years while he said a dozen words, but that what he did say presented pictures to me, and not mere words.” – Charles Dickens

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

“Some people are nobody’s enemies but their own.” – Charles Dickens

"Some people are nobody's enemies but their own." - Charles Dickens Quotes

“Lies is lies. Howsoever they come, they didn’t ought to come, and they come from the father of lies, and work round to the same.” – Charles Dickens

“Cottage of content was better than the Palace of cold splendor, and that where love was, all was.” – Charles Dickens

“A howling corner in the winter time, a dusty corner in the summer time, an undesirable corner at the best of times.” – Charles Dickens

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

“Poetry makes life what light and music do the stage—strip the one of the false embellishments, and the other of its illusions, and what is there real in either to live or care for?” – Charles Dickens

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

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

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

“In journeys, as in life, it is a great deal easier to go down hill than up.” – Charles Dickens

"In journeys, as in life, it is a great deal easier to go down hill than up." - Charles Dickens Quotes

“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

“Are not the sane and the insane equal at night as the sane lie a dreaming?” – Charles Dickens

“It is because I think so much of warm and sensitive hearts, that I would spare them from being wounded.” – Charles Dickens

“When a plunge is to be made into the water, it’s of no use lingering on the bank.” – 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

“Be forever grateful to all friends, but especially unto them which brought you up by hand.” – Charles Dickens

“The secret was such an old one now, had so grown into me and become a part of myself, that I could not tear it away.” – Charles Dickens

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

 “Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else.” – Charles Dickens

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

"There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts." - Charles Dickens Quotes

“Moths, and all sorts of ugly creatures, hover about a lighted candle. Can the candle help it?” – Charles Dickens

“The dreams of childhood – it’s airy fables, its graceful, beautiful, humane, impossible adornments of the world beyond; so good to be believed in once, so good to be remembered when outgrown.” – Charles Dickens

“Your memory does me more honor than my insignificance deserves.” – Charles Dickens

“Scattered wits take a long time picking up; and often before I had got them well together, they would be dispersed in all directions by one stray thought.” – 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

“It is a world of disappointment: often to the hopes we most cherish, and hopes that do our nature the greatest honor.” – Charles Dickens

“I am what you designed me to be.I am your blade. You cannot now complain if you also feel the hurt.” – 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

“Think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you.” – Charles Dickens

“Death is Nature’s remedy for all things.” – Charles Dickens

“Death is Nature's remedy for all things.” - Charles Dickens Quotes

“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 must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.” – Charles Dickens

“If you have a suspicion in your own breast, keep that suspicion in your own breast.” – Charles Dickens

“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.” – Charles Dickens

“We count by changes and events within us. Not by years.” – Charles Dickens

“So does a whole world, with all of its greatness and littleness, lie in a twinkling star.” – Charles Dickens

“Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.” – Charles Dickens

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

“There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves and a skeleton of truth that we never did.” – Charles Dickens

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

"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts." - Charles Dickens Quotes

“He was a dreamer in such wise, because he was a man who had, deep-rooted in his nature, a belief in all the gentle and good things his life had been without.” – Charles Dickens

“Remember how strong we are in our happiness and how weak he is in his misery.” – Charles Dickens

“Be guided only by the healer of the sick, the raiser of the dead, the friend of all who were afflicted and forlorn, the patient Master who shed tears of compassion for our infirmities.” – Charles Dickens

“We have done wrong, and are reaping the fruits of wrong.” – Charles Dickens

“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.” – Charles Dickens

“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

“Surprises, like misfortunes, seldom come alone.” – Charles Dickens

“A mere human knowledge can split a ray of light and analyze the manner of its composition, so, sublime intelligences may read in the feeble shining of this earth of ours, every thought and act, every vice and virtue, of every responsible creature on it.” – Charles Dickens

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

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

"I have been bent and broken, but into a better shape." - Charles Dickens Quotes

“I did really cry in good earnest when I went to bed, to think that my expectations had done some good to somebody.” – Charles Dickens

“The life of Shakespeare is a fine mystery and I tremble every day lest something turn up.” – Charles Dickens

“Women can always put things in fewest words. Except when it’s blowing up; and then they lengthens it out.” – Charles Dickens

“A very little key can open a very heavy door.” – Charles Dickens

“The persons on whom I have bestowed my dearest love, lie deep in their graves; but, although the happiness and delight of my life lie buried there too, I have not made a coffin of my heart, and sealed it up, fore ever, on my best affections. Deep affliction has but strengthened and refined them.” – Charles Dickens

“Fortune or misfortune, a man can but try; there’s not to be done without trying – accept laying down and dying.” – Charles Dickens

“I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world.” – Charles Dickens

“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

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

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

"Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart." - Charles Dickens Quotes

“My advice is, never do to-morrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!” – Charles Dickens

“As I had grown accustomed to my expectations, I had insensibly begun to notice their effect upon myself and those around me. Their influence on my own character, I disguised from my recognition as much as possible, but I knew very well that it was not all good.” – Charles Dickens

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

“I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong.” – Charles Dickens

“I looked at the stars, and considered how awful it would be for a man to turn his face up to them as he froze to death, and see no help or pity in all the glittering multitude.” – Charles Dickens

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

“Not knowing how he lost himself, or how he recovered himself, he may never feel certain of not losing himself again.” – Charles Dickens

“No varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself.” – Charles Dickens

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

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." - Charles Dickens Quotes

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

“I saw that everything within my view which ought to be white, had been white long ago, and had lost its lustre, and was faded and yellow. I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes.” – Charles Dickens

“Vengence and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.” – Charles Dickens

“Of all my old associations, of all my old pursuits and hopes, of all the living and the dead world, this one poor soul alone comes natural to me, and I am fit for.  There is a tie of many suffering years between us two, and it is the only tie I ever had on earth.” – Charles Dickens

“They never show mercy because mercy was never shown to them.” – Charles Dickens

“Joy and grief were mingled in the cup; but there were no bitter tears: for even grief itself arose so softened, and clothed in such sweet and tender recollections, that it became a solemn pleasure, and lost all character of pain.” – Charles Dickens

“To do a great right, you may do a little wrong; and you may take any means which the end to be attained will justify.” – Charles Dickens

“The crisp air, the sunlight, the movement on the river, and the moving river itself – the road that ran with us, seeming to sympathize with us, animate us, and encourage us on – freshened me with new hope.” – Charles Dickens

“Dissatisfied with my fortune, of course I could not be; but it is possible that I may have been, without quite knowing it, dissatisfied with myself.” – Charles Dickens

“There was a long hard time when I kept far from me, the remembrance, of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth. But, since my duty has not been incompatible with the admission of that remembrance, I have given it a place in my heart.” – Charles Dickens

“I found that I must have prepared for a separation from my friend, even though my own affairs had been more settled. And now indeed I felt as if my last anchor were loosening its hold, and I should soon be driving with the winds and waves.” – Charles Dickens

“My first impression of those people, founded on face and manner alone, was invariably true. My mistake was in suffering them to come nearer to me and explain themselves away.” – Charles Dickens

 

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