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Charles Dickens
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Mr. and Mrs. Veneering were bran-new people in a bran-new house in a bran-new quarter of London. Everything about the Veneerings was spick-and-span new. All their furniture was new, all their friends were new, all their servants were new... Charles Dickens
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I pity his ignorance and despise him. Charles Dickens
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A literary man - with a wooden leg. Charles Dickens
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We've got a private master comes to teach us at home, but we ain't proud, because ma says it's sinful. Charles Dickens
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I am a demd villain!... I will fill my pockets with change for a sovereign in half-pence and drown myself in the Thames... who for her sake will become a demd, damp, moist, unpleasant body! Charles Dickens
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He had but one eye and the popular prejudice runs in favour of two. Charles Dickens
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Orses and dorgs is some men's fancy. They're wittles and drink to me. Charles Dickens
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Can I unmoved see thee dying On a log, Expiring frog! Charles Dickens
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Which fiddle-strings is weakness to expredge my nerves this night! Charles Dickens
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The man who knows only one subject is almost as tiresome as the man who knows no subject. Charles Dickens
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A man in public life expects to be sneered at - it is the fault of his elewated sitiwation, and not of himself. Charles Dickens
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Mr Weller's knowledge of London was extensive and peculiar. Charles Dickens
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Grief never mended no broken bones, and as good people's wery scarce, what I says is, make the most on 'em. Charles Dickens
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... 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. Charles Dickens
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The bright old day now dawns again; the cry runs through the land, in England there shall be dear bread - in Ireland, sword and brand; and poverty, and ignorance, shall swell the rich and grand, so rally round the rulers with the gentle iron hand, of the fine old English Tory days; hail to the coming time! Charles Dickens
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Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers, and are famous preservers of good looks. Charles Dickens
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There are some upon this earth of yours,' returned the Spirit, 'who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name; who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us. Charles Dickens
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External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Charles Dickens
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Yes. He is quite a good fellow - nobody's enemy but his own. Charles Dickens
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There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair. Charles Dickens
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I had considered how the things that never happen, are often as much realities to us, in their effects, as those that are accomplished. Charles Dickens
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...a lady of what is commonly called an uncertain temper -a phrase which being interpreted signifies a temper tolerably certain to make everybody more or less uncomfortable. Charles Dickens
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Let me feel now what sharp distress I may. Charles Dickens
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Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it. Charles Dickens
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"Ay," said the Captain, reverentially; "it's a almighty element. There's wonders in the deep, my pretty. Think on it when the winds is roaring and the waves is rowling. Think on it when the stormy nights is so pitch dark," said the Captain, solemnly holding up his hook, "as you can't see your hand afore you, excepting when the wiwid lightning reweals the same; and when you drive, drive, drive through the storm and dark, as if you was a driving, head on, to the world without end." Charles Dickens
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It was a good thing to have a couple of thousand people all rigid and frozen together, in the palm of one's hand. Charles Dickens
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Day was breaking at Plashwater Weir Mill Lock. Stars were yet visible, but there was dull light in the east that was not the light of night. The moon had gone down, and a mist crept along the banks of the river, seen through which the trees were the ghosts of trees, and the water was the ghost of water. This earth looked spectral, and so did the pale stars: while the cold eastern glare, expressionless as to heat or colour, with the eye of the firmament quenched, might have been likened to the stare of the dead. Charles Dickens
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Out upon merry Christmas! What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer...? If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' upon his lips should be boiled with his won pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should! Charles Dickens
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My imagination would never have served me as it has, but for the habit of commonplace, humble, patient, daily, toiling, drudging attention Charles Dickens
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The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world. Charles Dickens
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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
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It was darkly rumoured that the butler, regarding him with favour such as that stern man had never shown before to mortal boy, had sometimes mingled porter with his table beer to make him strong. Charles Dickens
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Circumstances beyond my individual control. Charles Dickens
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To see the butcher slap the steak before he laid it on the block, and give his knife a sharpening, was to forget breakfast instantly. It was agreeable too - it really was - to see him cut it off so smooth and juicy. There was nothing savage in the act, although the knife was large and keen; it was a piece of art, high art; there was delicacy of touch, clearness of tone, skilful handling of the subject, fine shading. It was the triumph of mind over matter; quite. Charles Dickens
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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 room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it! Charles Dickens
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God bless us, every one! Charles Dickens
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It is required of every man," the ghost returned, "that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide; and, if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death. Charles Dickens
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The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on. Charles Dickens
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If an enthusiastic, ardent, and ambitous man marry a wife on whose name there is a stain, which, though it originate in no fault of hers, may be visited by cold and sordid people upon her, and upon his children also: and, in exact proportion to his success in the world, be cast in his teeth, and made the subject of sneers against him: he may-no matter how generous and good his nature- one day repent of the connection he formed in early life; and she may have the pain and torture of knowing that he does so. Charles Dickens
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It will be your duty, and it will be your pleasure too to estimate her (as you chose her) by the qualities that she has, and not by the qualities she may not have. Charles Dickens
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Fog everywhere. Fog up the river where it flows among green airs and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping, and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city.... Chance people on the bridges peeping over the parapets into a nether sky of fog, with fog all round them, as if they were up in a balloon and hanging in the misty clouds. Charles Dickens
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You hear, Eugene?' said Lightwood over his shoulder. 'You are deeply interested in lime.' 'Without lime,' returned that unmoved barrister at law, 'my existence would be unilluminated by a ray of hope. Charles Dickens
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But, in this separation I associate you only with the good and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you have done far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress I may. Charles Dickens
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Dead, your Majesty. Dead, my lords and gentlemen. Dead, Right Reverends and Wrong Reverends of every order. Dead, men and women, born with Heavenly compassion in your hearts. And dying thus around us every day. Charles Dickens
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The sky was dark and gloomy, the air was damp and raw, the streets were wet and sloppy. The smoke hung sluggishly above the chimney-tops as if it lacked the courage to rise, and the rain came slowly and doggedly down, as if it had not even the spirit to pour. Charles Dickens
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I think it impossible, utterly impossible, for any Englishman to live here [in America], and be happy. Charles Dickens
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All partings foreshadow the great final one. Charles Dickens
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...and to-morrow looked in my face more steadily than I could look at it Charles Dickens
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Gold, for the instant, lost its luster in his eyes, for there were countless treasures of the heart which it could never purchase Charles Dickens
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Mrs Joe was a very clean housekeeper, but had an exquisite art of making her clenliness more umcomfortable and unacceptable than dirt itself. Cleanliness is next to godliness, and some people do the same by their religion. Charles Dickens
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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. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o'clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously. Charles Dickens
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There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. Charles Dickens
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Moths, and all sorts of ugly creatures, hover about a lighted candle. Can the candle help it? Charles Dickens
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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
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Women can always put things in fewest words. Except when it's blowing up; and then they lengthens it out. Charles Dickens
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Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes. Charles Dickens
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I know that she deserves the best and purest love the heart of man can offer," said Mrs. Maylie; "I know that the devotion and affection of her nature require no ordinary return, but one that shall be deep and lasting. Charles Dickens
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Never," said my aunt, "be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices, Trot, and I can always be hopeful of you. Charles Dickens
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Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door. Charles Dickens
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Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest. Charles Dickens
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Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. Charles Dickens
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Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering. Charles Dickens
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There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk. Charles Dickens
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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
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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
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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
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'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
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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
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He had but one eye and the pocket of prejudice runs in favor of two. Charles Dickens
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The talker has found a hearer but not a listener; and though he may talk his very best for his own sake, you will find that his mental movements are erratic: they have no fixed centre and no definite object. His talk is like the water of a canal whose banks have given way, which rolls aimlessly hither and thither, without fulfilling any useful function, though it is the same water which was so helpful and serviceable, when it was confined within clearly marked limits by the restraining force of its earthy boundaries. Charles Dickens
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