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Charles Dickens
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"My good fellow," retorted Mr. Boffin, "you have my word; and how you can have that, without my honour too, I don't know. I've sorted a lot of dust in my time, but I never knew the two things go into separate heaps." Charles Dickens
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"As I think I told you once before," said I, "it is you who have been, in your greed and cunning, against all the world. It may be profitable to you to reflect, in future, that there never were greed and cunning in the world yet, that did not do too much, and overreach themselves. It is as certain as death." Charles Dickens
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"O, Mrs. Clennam, Mrs. Clennam," said Little Dorrit, "angry feelings and unforgiving deeds are no comfort and no guide to you and me." Charles Dickens
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A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a little patronage more so. Charles Dickens
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Along the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh. Six tumbrils carry the day's wine to La Guillotine. Charles Dickens
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There's a young man hid with me, in comparison with which young man I am a Angel. That young man hears the words I speak. That young man has a secret way pecooliar to himself, of getting at a boy, and at his heart, and at his liver. Charles Dickens
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It is the fate of most men who mingle with the world, and attain even the prime of life, to make many real friends, and lose them in the course of nature. It is the fate of all authors or chroniclers to create imaginary friends, and lose them in the course of art. Nor is this the full extent of their misfortunes; for they are required to furnish an account of them besides. Charles Dickens
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Many merry Christmases, many happy New Years. Unbroken friendships, great accumulations of cheerful recollections and affections on earth, and heaven for us all. Charles Dickens
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How beautiful you are! You are more beautiful in anger than in repose. I don't ask you for your love; give me yourself and your hatred; give me yourself and that pretty rage; give me yourself and that enchanting scorn; it will be enough for me. Charles Dickens
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There are very few moments in a man's existence when he experiences so much ludicrous distress, or meets with so little charitable commiseration, as when he is in pursuit of his own hat. Charles Dickens
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Without strong affection, and humanity of heart, and gratitude to that Being whose code is mercy, and whose great attribute is benevolence to all things that breathe, true happiness can never be attained. Charles Dickens
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Spite is a little word, but it represents as strange a jumble of feelings and compound of discords, as any polysyllable in the language. Charles Dickens
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If its individual citizens, to a man, are to be believed, it always is depressed, and always is stagnated, and always is at an alarming crisis, and never was otherwise; though as a body, they are ready to make oath upon the Evangelists, at any hour of the day or night, that it is the most thriving and prosperous of all countries on the habitable globe. Charles Dickens
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Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes, and prism, are all very good words for the lips: especially prunes and prism. Charles Dickens
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Tis love that makes the world go round, my baby. Charles Dickens
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if the world go wrong, it was, in some off-hand manner, never meant to go right. Charles Dickens
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If I dropped a tear upon your hand, may it wither it up! If I spoke a gentle word in your hearing, may it deafen you! If I touched you with my lips, may the touch be poison to you! A curse upon this roof that gave me shelter! Sorrow and shame upon your head! Ruin upon all belonging to you! Charles Dickens
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You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since-on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. Charles Dickens
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She dotes on poetry, sir. She adores it; I may say that her whole soul and mind are wound up, and entwined with it. She has produced some delightful pieces, herself, sir. You may have met with her 'Ode to an Expiring Frog,' sir. Charles Dickens
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We all draw a little and compose a little, and none of us have any idea of time or money. Charles Dickens
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Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. Charles Dickens
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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
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Not knowing how he lost himself, or how he recovered himself, he may never feel certain of not losing himself again. Charles Dickens
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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
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Nothing is discovered without God's intention and assistance, and I suppose every new knowledge of His works that is conceded to man to be distinctly a revelation by which men are to guide themselves. Charles Dickens
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Mrs. Crupp had indignantly assured him that there wasn't room to swing a cat there; but as Mr. Dick justly observed to me, sitting down on the foot of the bed, nursing his leg, You know, Trotwood, I don't want to swing a cat. I never do swing a cat. Therefore what does that signify to me? Charles Dickens
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As she frequently remarked when she made any such mistake, it would all be the same a hundred years hence. Charles Dickens
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What is the odds so long as the fire of soul is kindled at the taper of conwiviality, and the wing of friendship never moults a feather! What is the odds so long as the spirit is expanded by means of rosy wine, and the present moment is the least happiest of our existence! Charles Dickens
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He's tough, ma'am,-tough is J. B.; tough and devilish sly. Charles Dickens
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Don't you be afraid of hurting the boy,' he says. Charles Dickens
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Mrs. Joe was a very clean housekeeper, but had an exquisite art of making her cleanliness more uncomfortable and unacceptable than the dirt itself. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and some people do the same by religion. Charles Dickens
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The sergeant was describing a military life. It was all drinking, he said, except that there were frequent intervals of eating and love making. Charles Dickens
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The ocean asks for nothing but those who stand by her shores gradually attune themselves to her rhythm. Charles Dickens
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Old Time, that greatest and longest established spinner of all!... his factory is a secret place, his work is noiseless, and his Hands are mutes. Charles Dickens
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Accidentally consumed five biscuits when I wasn't paying attention. Those biscuits are wily fellows - they leap in like sugary ninjas Charles Dickens
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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 for ever on my best affections. Deep affliction has only made them stronger; it ought, I think, for it should refine our nature. 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. Charles Dickens
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People like us don't go out at night cause people like them see us for what we are Charles Dickens
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Bleak, dark, and piercing cold, it was a night for the well-housed and fed to draw round the bright fire, and thank God they were at home; and for the homeless starving wretch to lay him down and die. Many hunger-worn outcasts close their eyes in our bare streets at such times, who, let their crimes have been what they may, can hardly open them in a more bitter world. Charles Dickens
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So new to him," she muttered, "so old to me; so strange to him, so familiar to me; so melancholy to both of us!... Charles Dickens
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United metropolitan improved hot muffin and crumpet baking and punctual delivery company. Charles Dickens
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Lord, keep my memory green. Charles Dickens
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Missionaries are perfect nuisances and leave every place worse than they found it. Charles Dickens
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One great blemish in the popular mind of America and the prolific parent of an innumerable brood of evils, is Universal Distrust . . . you no sooner set up an idol firmly, than you are sure to pull it down and dash it into fragments: and this because directly you reward a benefactor, or a public servant, you distrust him, merely because he is rewarded . . . . Any man who attains a high place among you, from the President downwards, may date his downfall from that moment. Charles Dickens
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The word of a gentleman is as good as his bond; and sometimes better. Charles Dickens
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the sight of me is good for sore eyes Charles Dickens
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The wine-shops breed, in physical atmosphere of malaria and a moral pestilence of envy and vengeance, the men of crime and revolution. Charles Dickens
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It was a harder day's journey than yesterday's, for there were long and weary hills to climb; and in journeys, as in life, it is a great deal easier to go down hill than up. However, they kept on, with unabated perseverance, and the hill has not yet lifted its face to heaven that perseverance will not gain the summit of at last. Charles Dickens
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In seasons of pestilence, some of us will have a secret attraction to the disease-a terrible passing inclination to die of it. Charles Dickens
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Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade. Charles Dickens
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And yet I love him. I love him so much and so dearly, that when I sometimes think my life may be but a weary one, I am proud of it and glad of it. I am proud and glad to suffer something for him, even though it is of no service to him, and he will never know of it or care for it. Charles Dickens
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Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule. Charles Dickens
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and, unlike the celebrated herd in the poem, they were not forty children conducting themselves as one, but every child was conducting itself like forty. Charles Dickens
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Most men unconsciously judge the world from themselves, and it will be very generally found that those who sneer habitually at human nature, and affect to despise it, are among its worst and least pleasant samples. Charles Dickens
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Joe gave me some more gravy. Charles Dickens
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The sun,-the bright sun, that brings back, not light alone, but new life, and hope, and freshness to man-burst upon the crowded city in clear and radiant glory. Through costly-coloured glass and paper-mended window, through cathedral dome and rotten crevice, it shed its equal ray. Charles Dickens
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Eccentricities of genius. Charles Dickens
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The American woman is a monstrosity. Charles Dickens
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Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. Charles Dickens
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I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that - as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time. Charles Dickens
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Old Time, that greatest and longest established spinner of all!.... his factory is a secret place, his work is noiseless, and his hands are mutes. Charles Dickens
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Oh Sammy, Sammy, vy worn't there a alleybi! Charles Dickens
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He avowed that among his intimate friends he was better known by the sobriquet of 'The artful Dodger. Charles Dickens
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I only know two sorts of boys. Mealy boys, and beef-faced boys. Charles Dickens
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C-l-e-a-n, clean, verb active, to make bright, to scour. W-i-n, win, d-e-r, winder, a casement. When the boy knows this out of the book, he goes and does it. Charles Dickens
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Oh! but he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire, secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. Charles Dickens
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[Marley's ghost speaking:] I wear the chain I forged in life. Charles Dickens
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[Tiny Tim is] As good as gold. Charles Dickens
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Suffer any wrong that can be done you, rather than come here [to the Court of Chancery]! Charles Dickens
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She is the child of the universe.' 'The universe makes rather an indifferent parent, I am afraid. Charles Dickens
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