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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 is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. Charles Dickens
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In the destroyer's steps there spring up bright creations that defy his power and his dark path becomes a way of light to heaven. Charles Dickens
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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
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Do not close your heart against all my efforts to help you... Charles Dickens
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The bearings of this observation lays in the application on it. Charles Dickens
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He had a cane, he had an eye-glass, he had a snuff-box, he had rings, he had wristbands, he had everything but any touch of nature; he was not like youth, he was not like age, he was not like anything in the world but a model of deportment. Charles Dickens
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Take care, while you are young, that you can think in those days, 'I never whitened a hair of her dear head, I never marked a sorrowful line in her face!' For of all the many things that you can think when you are a man, you had better have that by you, Woolwich! Charles Dickens
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Professionally he declines and falls, and as a friend he drops into poetry. Charles Dickens
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I don't care whether I am a Minx or a Sphinx. Charles Dickens
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Satisfy yourself beyond all doubt that you are qualified for the course to which you now aspire.....and try to achieve something in your own land before you venture on a strange one. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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My faith in the people governing is, on the whole, infinitesimal; my faith in the people governed is, on the whole, illimitable. Charles Dickens
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Home is a word stronger than a magician ever spoke. Charles Dickens
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A man who could build a church, as one may say, by squinting at a sheet of paper. Charles Dickens
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Around and around the house the leaves fall thick, but never fast, for they come circling down with a dead lightness that is somber and slow. Charles Dickens
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He has gone to the demnition bow-wows. Charles Dickens
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It was a turkey! He could never have stood upon his legs, that bird! He would have snapped 'em off short in a minute, like sticks of sealing-wax. Charles Dickens
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Bother Mrs. Harris!' said Betsey Prig.... 'I don't believe there's no sich a person! Charles Dickens
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My other piece of advice, Copperfield,' said Mr. Micawber, 'you know. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery. Charles Dickens
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I only ask for information. Charles Dickens
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Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means. The parties to it understand it least, but it has been observed that no two Chancery lawyers can talk about it for five minutes, without coming to a total disagreement as to all the premises. Charles Dickens
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Innumerable children have been born into the cause; innumerable young people have married into it; innumerable old people have died out of it.... The little plaintiff or defendant, who was promised a new rocking-horse when Jarndyce and Jarndyce should be settled, has grown up, possessed himself of a real horse, and trotted away into the other world. Charles Dickens
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There's milestones on the Dover Road! Charles Dickens
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You know, in a general way, what being a reference means. 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. Charles Dickens
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I took her hand in mine, and we went out of the ruined place; and as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so the evening mists were rising now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw no shadow of another parting from her. Charles Dickens
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Horatio looked handsomely miserable, like Hamlet slipping on a piece of orange-peel. Charles Dickens
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It is when our budding hopes are nipped beyond recovery by some rough wind, that we are the most disposed to picture to ourselves what flowers it might have borne, if they had flourished. Charles Dickens
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Dreams are the bright creatures of poem and legend, who sport on the earth in the night season, and melt away with the first beam of the sun which lights grim care and stern reality on their daily pilgrimage through the world. Charles Dickens
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The aphorism Whatever is, is right, would be as final as it is lazy, did it not include the troublesome consequence that nothing that ever was, was wrong. Charles Dickens
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Lord love you! when we see what some people do all the week - people who are stanch at church, remember - I can't help thinking there are a good many poor souls who are only Christians at morning and afternoon service. Charles Dickens
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Nature often enshrines gallant and noble hearts in weak bosoms - oftenest, God bless her! - in female breasts. Charles Dickens
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Alas! how few of nature's faces there are to gladden us with their beauty! The cares and sorrows and hungerings of the world change them as they change hearts; and it is only when those passions sleep, and have lost their hold forever, that the troubled clouds pass off, and leave heaven's surface clear. Charles Dickens
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Look here. Upon my soul you mustn't come into the place saying you want to know, you know. Charles Dickens
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I'm Gormed - and I can't say no fairer than that! Charles Dickens
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Meaty jelly, too, especially when a little salt, which is the case when there's ham, is mellering to the organ. Charles Dickens
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Mrs Jellyby was looking far away into Africa. Charles Dickens
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There is a dread disease which so prepares its victim, as it were, for death... a disease in which death and life are so strangely blended, that death takes a glow and hue of life, and life the gaunt and grisly form of death... Charles Dickens
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Take example by your father, my boy, and be very careful of widders all your life, specially if they've kept a public house, Sammy. Charles Dickens
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There either is or is not, that's the way things are. The colour of the day. The way it felt to be a child. The saltwater on your sunburnt legs. Sometimes the water is yellow, sometimes it's red. But what colour it may be in memory, depends on the day. I'm not going to tell you the story the way it happened. I'm going to tell it the way I remember it. 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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