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Charles Dickens
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I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skim-pole what it concedes to the butterflies! Charles Dickens
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Now, what I want is, Facts.... Facts alone are wanted in life. 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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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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You don't carry in your countenance a letter of recommendation. Charles Dickens
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We are so very 'umble. Charles Dickens
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Accidents will happen in the best-regulated families. Charles Dickens
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For not an orphan in the wide world can be so deserted as the child who is an outcast from a living parent's love. Charles Dickens
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I was a blacksmith's boy but yesterday; I am - what shall I say I am today? 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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Lawyers are shy of meddling with the Law on their own account: knowing it to be an edged tool of uncertain application, very expensive in the working, and rather remarkable for its properties of close shaving than for its always shaving the right person. Charles Dickens
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Money and goods are certainly the best of references. Charles Dickens
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I wear the chain I forged in life....I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Charles Dickens
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Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him. Charles Dickens
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There have been occasions in my later life (I suppose as in most lives) when I have felt for a time as if a thick curtain had fallen on all its interest and romance, to shut me out from anything save dull endurance any more. Never has that curtain dropped so heavy and blank, as when my way in life lay stretched out straight before me through the newly-entered road of apprenticeship to Joe. Charles Dickens
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And a beautiful world we live in, when it is possible, and when many other such things are possible, and not only possible, but done- done, see you!- under that sky there, every day. 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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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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The earth covered with a sable pall as for the burial of yesterday; the clumps of dark trees, its giant plumes of funeral feathers, waving sadly to and fro: all hushed, all noiseless, and in deep repose, save the swift clouds that skim across the moon, and the cautious wind, as, creeping after them upon the ground, it stops to listen, and goes rustling on, and stops again, and follows, like a savage on the trail. Charles Dickens
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It was a very aged, ghostly place; the church had been built many hundreds of years ago, and had once had a convent or monastery attached; for arches in ruins, remains of oriel windows, and fragments of blackened walls, were yet standing-, while other portions of the old building, which had crumbled away and fallen down, were mingled with the churchyard earth and overgrown with grass, as if they too claimed a burying-place and sought to mix their ashes with the dust of men. Charles Dickens
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They whirled past the dark trees, as feathers would be swept before a hurricane. Houses, gates, churches, hay-stacks, objects of every kind they shot by, with a velocity and noise like roaring waters suddenly let loose. Still the noise of pursuit grew louder, and still my uncle could hear the young lady wildly screaming, "Faster! Faster!" Charles Dickens
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As the gloom and shadow thickened behind him, in that place where it had been gathering so darkly, it took, by slow degrees, - or out of it there came, by some unreal, unsubstantial process - not to be traced by any human sense, - an awful likeness of himself! Charles Dickens
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Your Honour, unless your Honour, without a moment's loss of time, makes sail for the nearest shore, this is a doomed ship, and her name is the Coffin! Charles Dickens
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The cold hoarfrost glistened on the tombstones, and sparkled like rows of gems, among the stone carvings of the old church. The snow lay hard and crisp upon the ground; and spread over the thickly-strewn mounds of earth, so white and smooth a cover, that it seemed as if corpses lay there, hidden only by their winding sheets. Charles Dickens
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"It is a sensation not experienced by many mortals," said he, "to be looking into a churchyard on a wild windy night, and to feel that I no more hold a place among the living than these dead do, and even to know that I lie buried somewhere else, as they lie buried here. Nothing uses me to it. A spirit that was once a man could hardly feel stranger or lonelier, going unrecognized among mankind, than I feel." Charles Dickens
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You anticipate what I would say, though you cannot know how earnestly I say it, how earnestly I feel it, without knowing my secret heart, and the hopes and fears and anxieties with which it has long been laden. Dear Doctor Manette, I love your daughter fondly, dearly, disinterestedly, devotedly. If ever there were love in the world, I love her. Charles Dickens
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You have no idea what it is to have anybody wonderful fond of you, unless you have been got down and rolled upon by the lonely feelings that I have mentioned as having once got the better of me. Charles Dickens
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If I may so express it, I was steeped in Dora. I was not merely over head and ears in love with her, but I was saturated through and through. Enough love might have been wrung out of me, metaphorically speaking, to drown anybody in; and yet there would have remained enough within me, and all over me, to pervade my entire existence. Charles Dickens
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Oh Agnes, Oh my soul, so may thy face be by me when I close my life indeed; so may I, when realities are melting from me, like the shadows which I now dismiss, still find thee near me, pointing upward! Charles Dickens
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What lawsuits grow out of the graves of rich men, every day; sowing perjury, hatred, and lies among near kindred, where there should be nothing but love! Charles Dickens
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Oliver Twist has asked for more! Charles Dickens
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He wore a sprinkling of powder upon his head, as if to make himself look benevolent; but if that were his purpose, he would perhaps have done better to powder his countenance also, for there was something in its very wrinkles, and in his cold restless eye, which seemed to tell of cunning that would announce itself in spite of him. Charles Dickens
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It was the first time it had ever occurred to me, that this detestable cant of false humility might have originated out of the Heep family. I had seen the harvest, but had never thought of the seed. Charles Dickens
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As I said just now, the world has gone past me. I don't blame it; but I no longer understand it. Tradesmen are not the same as they used to be, apprentices are not the same, business is not the same, business commodities are not the same. Seven-eighths of my stock is old-fashioned. I am an old-fashioned man in an old-fashioned shop, in a street that is not the same as I remember it. I have fallen behind the time, and am too old to catch it again. Charles Dickens
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Why am I always at war with myself? Why have I told, as if upon compulsion, what I knew all along I ought to have withheld? Why am I making a friend of this woman beside me, in spite of the whispers against her that I hear in my heart? Charles Dickens
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Indeed the worthy housewife was of such a capricious nature, that she not only attained a higher pitch of genius than Macbeth, in respect of her ability to be wise, amazed, temperate and furious, loyal and neutral in an instant, but would sometimes ring the changes backwards and forwards on all possible moods and flights in one short quarter of an hour; performing, as it were, a kind of triple bob major on the peal of instruments in the female belfry, with a skilfulness and rapidity of execution that astonished all who heard her. Charles Dickens
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She writhes under her life. A woman more angry, passionate, reckless, and revengeful never lived. Charles Dickens
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... I have read in your face, as plain as if it was a book, that but for some trouble and sorrow we should never know half the good there is about us. Charles Dickens
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I admire machinery as much is any man, and am as thankful to it as any man can be for what it does for us. But it will never be a substitute for the face of a man, with his soul in it, encouraging another man to be brave and true. Charles Dickens
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"I go so far as to say, miss, morehover," proceeded Mr. Cruncher, with a most alarming tendency to hold forth as from a pulpit-"and let my words be took down and took to Mrs. Cruncher through yourself-that wot my opinions respectin' flopping has undergone a change, and that wot I only hope with all my heart as Mrs. Cruncher may be a flopping at the present time." Charles Dickens
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"Vell," said Mr. Weller, "Now I s'pose he'll want to call some witnesses to speak to his character, or p'raps to prove a alleybi. I've been a turnin' the bis'ness over in my mind, and he may make his-self easy, Sammy. I've got some friends as'll do either for him, but my adwice 'ud be this here-never mind the character, and stick to the alleybi. Nothing like a alleybi, Sammy, nothing." Charles Dickens
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