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Charles Dickens
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Worried and tormented into monotonous feebleness, the best part of his life ground out of him in a mill of boys. Charles Dickens
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Nobody ought to have been able to resist her coaxing manner; and nobody had any business to try. Yet she never seemed to know it was her manner at all. That was the best of it. Charles Dickens
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And a bird-cage, sir, said Sam. Veels vithin veels, a prison in a prison. Charles Dickens
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I never nursed a dear Gazelle to glad me with its soft black eye, but when it came to know me well, and love me, it was sure to marry a market-gardener. Charles Dickens
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I think it must somewhere be written that the virtues of mothers shall, occasionally, be visited on their children, as well as the sins of fathers. Charles Dickens
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I think it's liquid aggravation that circulates through his veins, and not regular blood. Charles Dickens
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She was in the lovely bloom and spring-time of womanhood; at the age when, if ever angels be for God's good purpose enthroned in mortal form, they may be, without impiety, supposed to abide in such as hers. Charles Dickens
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It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. Charles Dickens
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The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world, brother. Charles Dickens
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A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self. Charles Dickens
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If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers. Charles Dickens
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Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine. Charles Dickens
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An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself. Charles Dickens
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We forge the chains we wear in life. 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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Your tale is of the longest," observed Monks, moving restlessly in his chair. It is a true tale of grief and trial, and sorrow, young man," returned Mr. Brownlow, "and such tales usually are; if it were one of unmixed joy and happiness, it would be very brief. 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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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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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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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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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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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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In every life, no matter how full or empty ones purse, there is tragedy. It is the one promise life always fulfills. Thus, happiness is a gift, and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes, and to add to other peoples store of it. Charles Dickens
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How many young men, in all previous times of unprecedented steadiness, had turned suddenly wild and wicked for the same reason, and, in an ecstasy of unrequited love, taken to wrench off door-knockers, and invert the boxes of rheumatic watchmen! Charles Dickens
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I recollected one story there was in the village, how that on a certain night in the year (it might be that very night for anything I knew), all the dead people came out of the ground and sat at the heads of their own graves till morning. Charles Dickens
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Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain, and see even here, upon a winter's day, how beautiful the shadows are! Alas! It is the nature of their kind to be so. The loveliest things in life... are but shadows; and they come and go, and change and fade away, as rapidly as these. 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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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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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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It is no worse, because I write of it. It would be no better, if I stopped my most unwilling hand. Nothing can undo it; nothing can make it otherwise than as it was. Charles Dickens
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A contented spirit is the sweetness of existence. Charles Dickens
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It was a foggy day in London, and the fog was heavy and dark. Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking; inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and invisible, and so being wholly neither. Charles Dickens
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With affection beaming out of one eye, and calculation shining out of the other. Charles Dickens
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I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable 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, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. Charles Dickens
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She... paced the staircase-gallery outside, looked out of the window on the night, listened to the wind blowing and the rain falling, sat down and watched the faces in the fire, got up and watched the moon flying like a storm-driven ship through the sea of clouds. Charles Dickens
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Louder and louder the deep thunder rolled, as through the myriad halls of some vast temple in the sky; fiercer and brighter came the lightning; more and more heavily the rain poured down. The eye, partaking of the quickness of the flashing light, saw in its every gleam a multitude of objects which it could not see at steady noon in fifty times that period.... in a trembling, vivid, flickering instant, everything was clear and plain: then came a flash of red into the yellow light; a change to blue; a brightness so intense that there was nothing else but light; and then the deepest and profoundest darkness. Charles Dickens
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[Responding to being told that the law supposes a wife acts under a husband's direction:] 'If the law supposes that,' said Mr. Bumble,... 'the law is a ass-a idiot. If that's the eye of the law, the law's a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is, that his eye may be opened by experience- by experience. Charles Dickens
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God bless us every one!' said Tiny Tim, the last of all. Charles Dickens
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