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Charles Dickens
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Affery, like greater people, had always been right in her facts, and always wrong in the theories she deduced from them. Charles Dickens
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Have I yet to learn that the hardest and best-borne trials are those which are never chronicled in any earthly record, and are suffered every day! Charles Dickens
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I am in the theatrical profession myself, my wife is in the theatrical profession, my children are in the theatrical profession.I had a dog that lived and died in it from a puppy; and my chaise-pony goes on, in Timour the Tartar. Charles Dickens
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By the by, who ever knew a man who never read or wrote neither who hadn't got some small back parlour which he would call a study! Charles Dickens
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While the flowers, pale and unreal in the moonlight, floated away upon the river; and thus do greater things that once were in our breasts, and near our hearts, flow from us to the eternal sea. Charles Dickens
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Stephen Blackpool fall into the loneliest of lives, the life of solitude among a familiar crowd. The stranger in the land who looks into ten thousand faces for some answering look and never finds it, is in cheering society as compared with him who passes ten averted faces daily, that were once the countenances of friends Charles Dickens
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I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. Charles Dickens
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There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas. Charles Dickens
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The two stand in the fast-thinning throng of victims, but they speak as if they were alone. Eye to eye, voice to voice, hand to hand, heart to heart, these two children of the Universal Mother, else so wide apart and differing, have come together on the dark highway, to repair home together and to rest in her bosom. Charles Dickens
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A display of indifference to all the actions and passions of mankind was not supposed to be such a distinguished quality at that time, I think, as I have observed it to be considered since. I have known it very fashionable indeed. I have seen it displayed with such success, that I have encountered some fine ladies and gentlemen who might as well have been born caterpillars. Charles Dickens
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I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies! Charles Dickens
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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, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. Charles Dickens
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Are you thankful for not being young?' 'Yes, sir. If I was young, it would all have to be gone through again, and the end would be a weary way off, don't you see?... Charles Dickens
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Christmas is a time in which, of all times in the year, the memory of every remediable sorrow, wrong, and trouble in the world around us, should be active with us, not less than our own experiences, for all good. Charles Dickens
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From the days when it was always summer in Eden, to these days when it is mostly winter in fallen latitudes, the world of a man has invariably gone one way Charles Darnay's way the way of the love of a woman Charles Dickens
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Nothing that we do, is done in vain. I believe, with all my soul, that we shall see triumph. Charles Dickens
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It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back. Charles Dickens
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Troubles are exceedingly gregarious in their nature, and flying in flocks are apt to perch capriciously. Charles Dickens
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He describes it as a large apartment, with a red brick floor and a capacious chimney; the ceiling garnished with hams, sides of bacon, and ropes of onions. Charles Dickens
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He was touched in the cavity where his heart should have been, in that nest of addled eggs, where the birds of heaven would have lived if they had not been whistled away, by the fervour of this reproach. Charles Dickens
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The privileges of the side-table included the small prerogatives of sitting next to the toast, and taking two cups of tea to other people's one. Charles Dickens
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A demd, damp, moist, unpleasant body! 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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Her contempt for me was so strong, that it became infectious, and I caught it. 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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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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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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My daughter, there are times of moral danger when the hardest virtuous resolution to form is flight, and when the most heroic bravery is flight. 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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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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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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In a utilitarian age, of all other times, it is a matter of grave importance that fairy tales should be respected. Charles Dickens
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Judiciously show a cat milk, if you wish her to thirst for it. Judiciously show a dog his natural prey, if you wish him to bring it down one day. Charles Dickens
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There might be some credit in being jolly. 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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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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Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. Charles Dickens
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A smattering of everything, and a knowledge of nothing. Charles Dickens
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You fear the world too much,' she answered gently. 'All your other hopes have merged into the hope of being beyond the chance of its sordid reproach. I have seen your nobler aspirations fall off, one by one, until the master passion, Gain, engrosses you. Have I not? Charles Dickens
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Trifles make the sum of life. Charles Dickens
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And what an example of the power of dress young Oliver Twist was! Wrapped in the blanket which had hitherto formed his only covering, he might have been the child of a nobleman or a beggar;-it would have been hard for the haughtiest stranger to have fixed his station in society. But now he was enveloped in the old calico robes, that had grown yellow in the same service; he was badged and ticketed, and fell into his place at once-a parish child-the orphan of a workhouse-the humble, half-starved drudge-to be cuffed and buffeted through the world, despised by all, and pitied by none. 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 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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