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Charles Dickens
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If the parks be the lungs of London we wonder what Greenwich Fair is - a periodical breaking out, we suppose - a sort of spring rash. Charles Dickens
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London. Michaelmas Term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln's Inn Hall. Implacable November weather. Charles Dickens
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It wasn't the wine, murmured Mr. Snodgrass in a broken voice, it was the salmon. 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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I feel an earnest and humble desire, and shall till I die, to increase the stock of harmless cheerfulness. Charles Dickens
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On the Rampage, Pip, and off the Rampage, Pip; such is Life! Charles Dickens
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Jobling, there are chords in the human mind. Charles Dickens
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I've a pretty large experience of boys, and you're a bad set of fellows. Now mind... you behave yourself ! Charles Dickens
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Take a little time - count five-and-twenty, Tattycoram. Charles Dickens
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Educating the natives of Borrioboola-Gha, on the left bank of the Niger. Charles Dickens
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I live on broken wittles - and I sleep on the coals. Charles Dickens
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It was not a bosom to repose upon, but it was a capital bosom to hang jewels upon. Charles Dickens
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Skewered through and through with office pens, and bound hand and foot with red tape. Charles Dickens
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Regrets are the natural property of gray hairs. Charles Dickens
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A highly geological home-made cake. 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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I was always treated as if I had insisted on being born, in opposition to the dictates of reason, religion, and morality, and against the dissuadinig arguments of my best friends. Charles Dickens
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Death may beget life, but oppression can beget nothing other than itself. Charles Dickens
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They are Man's and they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance and this girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Charles Dickens
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the sight of me is good for sore eyes Charles Dickens
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Have you ever had the sensation of looking at someone for the first time and ever so quickly the past and future seem to fuse ? Does that not mean something ? That we felt so much, so deeply, before even speaking? Charles Dickens
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Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort. Charles Dickens
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We know, Mr. Weller - we, who are men of the world - that a good uniform must work its way with the women, sooner or later. Charles Dickens
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At last, in the dead of the night, when the street was very still indeed, Little Dorrit laid the heavy head upon her bosom, and soothed her to sleep. And thus she sat at the gate, as it were alone; looking up at the stars, and seeing the clouds pass over them in their wild flight-which was the dance at Little Dorrit's party. Charles Dickens
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I found every breath of air, and every scent, and every flower and leaf and blade of grass and every passing cloud, and everything in nature, more beautiful and wonderful to me than I had ever found it yet. This was my first gain from my illness. How little I had lost, when the wide world was so full of delight for me. Charles Dickens
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Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast. Charles Dickens
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Remembrance, like a candle, burns brightest at Christmastime. Charles Dickens
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Man," said the Ghost, "if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is. Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die? Charles Dickens
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He was consious of a thousand odours floating in the air, each one connected with a thousand thoughts, and hopes, and joys, and cares, long, long, forgotten. Charles Dickens
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Above all, one hideous figure grew as familiar as if it had been before the general gaze from the foundations of the world - the figure of the sharp female called La Guillotine. It was the popular theme for jests; it was the best cure for headache, it infallibly prevented hair from turning gray, it imparted a peculiar delicacy to the complexion, it was the National Razor which shaved close: who kissed La Guillotine looked through the little window and sneezed into the sack. Charles Dickens
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A multitude of people and yet solitude. Charles Dickens
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For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself. Charles Dickens
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Mystery and disappointment are not absolutely indispensable to the growth of love, but they are, very often, its powerful auxiliaries. Charles Dickens
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I mean a man whose hopes and aims may sometimes lie (as most men's sometimes do, I dare say) above the ordinary level, but to whom the ordinary level will be high enough after all if it should prove to be a way of usefulness and good service leading to no other. All generous spirits are ambitious, I suppose, but the ambition that calmly trusts itself to such a road, instead of spasmodically trying to fly over it, is of the kind I care for. Charles Dickens
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I have been, as the phrase is, liberally educated, and am fit for nothing. Charles Dickens
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The New Year, like an Infant Heir to the whole world, was waited for, with welcomes, presents, and rejoicings. Charles Dickens
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The meagre lighthouse all in white, haunting the seaboard, as if it were the ghost of an edifice that had once had colour and rotundity, dripped melancholy tears after its late buffeting by the waves. Charles Dickens
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The clouds were flying fast, the wind was coming up in gusts, banging some neighboring shutters that had broken loose, twirling the rusty chimney-cowls and weathercocks, and rushing round and round a confined adjacent churchyard as if it had a mind to blow the dead citizens out of their graves. The low thunder, muttering in all quarters of the sky at once, seemed to threaten vengeance for this attempted desecration, and to mutter, "Let them rest! Let them rest! Charles Dickens
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The American elite is almost beyond redemption. . . . Moral relativism has set in so deeply that the gilded classes have become incapable of discerning right from wrong. Everything can be explained away, especially by journalists. Life is one great moral mush-sophistry washed down with Chardonnay. The ordinary citizens, thank goodness, still adhere to absolutes.... It is they who have saved the republic from creeping degradation while their 'betters' were derelict. Charles Dickens
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To have a cricket on the hearth is the luckiest thing in all the world! Charles Dickens
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Is it better to have had a good thing and lost it, or never to have had it? Charles Dickens
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I never see any difference in boys. I only know two sorts of boys. Mealy boys and beef-faced boys. Charles Dickens
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And I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States. Charles Dickens
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It may be only small injustice that the child can be exposed to; but the child is small, and its world is small, and its rocking-horse stands as many hands high, according to scale, as a big-boned Irish hunter. Charles Dickens
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It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home. Charles Dickens
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I ate 'umble pie with an appetite. Charles Dickens
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Though we are perpetually bragging of it [the middle class] as our safety, it is nothing but a poor fringe on the mantle of the upper class. Charles Dickens
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Poetry's unnat'ral; no man ever talked poetry 'cept a beadle on boxin' day. Charles Dickens
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A man must take the fat with the lean. 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 they might have borne, if they had flourished . . . Charles Dickens
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When the time comes, let loose a tiger and a devil; but wait for the time with the tiger and the devil chained -not shown- yet always ready. Charles Dickens
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I will live in the past, the present, and the future. The spirits of all three shall strive within me. Charles Dickens
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If I may ride with you, Citizen Evremonde, will you let me hold your hand? I am not afraid, but I am little and weak, and it will give me more courage." As the patient eyes were lifted to his face, he saw a sudden doubt in them, and then astonishment. He pressed the work-worn, hunger-worn young fingers, and touched his lips. "Are you dying for him?" she whispered. "And his wife and child. Hush! Yes." "Oh, you will let me hold your brave hand, stranger?" "Hush! Yes, my poor sister; to the last. Charles Dickens
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Some people are nobody's enemies but their own Charles Dickens
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Time was with most of us, when Christmas Day, encircling all our limited world like a magic ring, left nothing out for us to miss or seek; bound together all our home enjoyments, affections, and hopes; grouped everything and everyone round the Christmas fire, and make the little picture shining in our bright young eyes, complete. Charles Dickens
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But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round...as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely. Charles Dickens
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The dew seemed to sparkle more brightly on the green leaves the air to rustle among them with a sweeter music and the sky itself to look more blue and bright. Such is the influence which the condition of our own thoughts, exercise, even over the appearance of external objects. Charles Dickens
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On the eve of long voyages or an absence of many years, friends who are tenderly attached will seperate with the usual look, the usual pressure of the hand, planning one final interview for the morrow, while each well knows that it is but a poor feint to save the pain of uttering that one word, and the meeting will never be. Should possibilities be worse to bear than certainties? Charles Dickens
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I was so humiliated, hurt, spurned, offended, angry, sorry-I cannot hit upon the right name for the smart-God knows what its name was-that tears started to my eyes. Charles Dickens
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Poetry makes life what lights and music do the stage. Charles Dickens
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And therefore, Uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that [Christmas] has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it! Charles Dickens
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Then tell Wind and Fire where to stop," returned madame; "but don't tell me. Charles Dickens
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The great grindstone, Earth, had turned when Mr. Lorry looked out again, and the sun was red on the courtyard. But, the lesser grindstone stood alone there in the calm morning air, with red upon it that the sun had never give, and would never take away. Charles Dickens
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A commission of haberdashers could alone have reported what the rest of her poor dress was made of, but it had a strong general resemblance to seaweed, with here and there a gigantic tea-leaf. Her shawl looked particularly like a tea-leaf after long infusion. Charles Dickens
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Detestation of the high is the involuntary homage of the low. Charles Dickens
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It was a long and gloomy night that gathered on me, haunted by the ghosts of many hopes, of many dear remembrances, many errors, many unavailing sorrows and regrets. Charles Dickens
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Love her, love her, love her! If she favours you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces - and as it gets older and stronger, it will tear deeper - love her, love her, love her! Charles Dickens
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When I speak of home, I speak of the place where in default of a better-those I love are gathered together; and if that place where a gypsy's tent, or a barn, I should call it by the same good name notwithstanding. Charles Dickens
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Such is the influence which the condition of our own thoughts, exercises, even over the appearance of external objects. Men who look on nature, and their fellow-men, and cry that all is dark and gloomy, are in the right; but the sombre colours are reflections from their own jaundiced eyes and hearts. The real hues are delicate, and need a clearer vision. Charles Dickens
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