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Charles Dickens
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Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress. Charles Dickens
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Constancy in love is a good thing; but it means nothing, and is nothing, without constancy in every kind of effort. Charles Dickens
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Listlessness to everything, but brooding sorrow, was the night that fell on my undisciplined heart. Let me look up from it - as at last I did, thank Heaven! - and from its long, sad, wretched dream, to dawn. Charles Dickens
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But in some old nook in Mrs. Todger's breast, up a great many steps, and in a corner easy to be overlooked, there was a secret door, with Woman written on the spring, which, at a touch from Mercy's hand, had flown wide open, and admitted her for shelter. Charles Dickens
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Gracious heavens! he cries out, leaping up and catching hold of his hair, what's this? Print! Charles Dickens
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What is the odds so long as the fire of souls is kindled at the taper of conwiviality, and the wing of friendship never moults a feather? Charles Dickens
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Mr. Wopsle's great-aunt conquered a confirmed habit of living into which she had fallen. Charles Dickens
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Brooks of Sheffield: 'Somebody's sharp.' 'Who is?' asked the gentleman, laughing. I looked up quickly, being curious to know. Only Brooks of Sheffield, said Mr. Murdstone. I was glad to find it was only Brooks of Sheffield; for at first I really thought that it was I. Charles Dickens
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An idea, like a ghost (according to the common notion of ghosts), must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself. Charles Dickens
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I should never have made my success in life if I had not bestowed upon the least thing I have ever undertaken the same attention and care that I have bestowed upon the greatest. Charles Dickens
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If any one were to ask me what in my opinion was the dullest and most stupid spot on the face of the Earth, I should decidedly say Chelmsford. Charles Dickens
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Under an accumulation of staggerers, no man can be considered a free agent. No man knocks himself down; if his destiny knocks him down, his destiny must pick him up again. Charles Dickens
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Not to put too fine a point upon it. Charles Dickens
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The Northern onslaught upon slavery was no more than a piece of specious humbug designed to conceal its desire for economic control of the Southern states. Charles Dickens
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Rich folks may ride on camels, but it ain't so easy for 'em to see out of a needle's eye. Charles Dickens
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The bearings of this observation lays in the application of it. Charles Dickens
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There is a drowsy state, between sleeping and waking, when you dream more in five minutes with your eyes half open, and yourself half conscious of everything that is passing around you, than you would in five nights with your eyes fast closed, and your senses wrapt in perfect unconsciousness. At such time, a mortal knows just enough of what his mind is doing, to form some glimmering conception of its mighty powers, its bounding from earth and spurning time and space, when freed from the restraint of its corporeal associate. Charles Dickens
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Take a little timecount five-and-twenty,Tattycoram. Charles Dickens
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Think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you. Charles Dickens
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I verily believe that her not remembering and not minding in the least, made me cry again, inwardly - and that is the sharpest crying of all. Charles Dickens
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So does a whole world, with all its greatnesses and littlenesses, lie in a twinkling star. And as mere human knowledge can split a ray of light and analyse the manner of its composition, so, sublimer intelligences may read in the feeble shining of this earth of ours, every thought and act, every vice and virtue, of every responsible creature on it. Charles Dickens
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Let no man turn aside, ever so slightly, from the broad path of honour, on the plausible pretence that he is justified by the goodness of his end. All good ends can be worked out by good means. Charles Dickens
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I believe that the heaviest blow ever dealt at liberty's head will be dealt by this nation in the ultimate failure of its example to the earth. Charles Dickens
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I have nothing else to tell; unless, indeed, I were to confess that no one can ever believe this narrative, in the reading, more than I have believed it in the writing. 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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Around and around the house the leaves fall thick, but never fast, for they come circling down with a dead lightness that is sombre and slow. Charles Dickens
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There was a frosty rime upon the trees, which, in the faint light of the clouded moon, hung upon the smaller branches like dead garlands. Charles Dickens
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Keep up appearances whatever you do. Charles Dickens
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Some of the craftiest scoundrels that ever walked this earth . . . will gravely jot down in diaries the events of every day, and keep a regular debtor and creditor account with heaven, which shall always show a floating balance in their own favour. Charles Dickens
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She was more than human to me. She was a Fairy, a Sylph. I don't know what she was, anything that no one ever saw, and everything that everybody ever wanted. I was swallowed up in an abyss of love in an instant. There was no pausing on the brink, no looking down, or looking back. I was gone, headlong, before I had sense to say a word to her. Charles Dickens
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The wide stare stared itself out for one while; the Sun went down in a red, green, golden glory; the stars came out in the heavens, and the fire-flies mimicked them in the lower air, as men may feebly imitate the goodness of a better order of beings; the long dusty roads and the interminable plains were in repose-and so deep a hush was on the sea, that it scarcely whispered of the time when it shall give up its dead. Charles Dickens
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She's the sort of woman now,' said Mould, . . . 'one would almost feel disposed to bury for nothing: and do it neatly, too! Charles Dickens
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His gaze wandered from the windows to the stars, as if he would have read in them something that was hidden from him. Many of us would, if we could; but none of us so much as know our letters in the stars yet - or seem likely to do it, in this state of existence - and few languages can be read until their alphabets are mastered. Charles Dickens
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They are so filthy and bestial that no honest man would admit one into his house for a water-closet doormat. Charles Dickens
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Houses were knocked down... enormous heaps of earth and clay thrown up; buildings that were undermined and shaking, propped up by great beams of wood... The yet unfinished and unopened Railway was in progress. Charles Dickens
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When men are about to commit, or sanction the commission of some injustice, it is not uncommon for them to express pity for the object either of that or some parallel proceeding, and to feel themselves, at the time, quite virtuous and moral, and immensely superior to those who express no pity at all. This is a kind of upholding of faith above works, and is very comfortable. Charles Dickens
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I don't like that sort of school... where the bright childish imagination is utterly discouraged... where I have never seen among the pupils, whether boys or girls, anything but little parrots and small calculating machines. Charles Dickens
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You are in every line I have ever read. Charles Dickens
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The broken heart. You think you will die, but you just keep living, day after day after terrible day. Charles Dickens
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I made a compact with myself that in my person literature should stand by itself, of itself, and for itself. Charles Dickens
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Night, like a giant, fills the church, from pavement to roof, and holds dominion through the silent hours. Pale dawn again comes peeping through the windows: and, giving place to day, sees night withdraw into the vaults, and follows it, and drives it out, and hides among the dead. Charles Dickens
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It is a long time,' repeated his wife; 'and when is it not a long time? Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.' 'It does not take a long time to strike a man with Lightning,' said Defarge. 'How long,' demanded madame, composedly, 'does it take to make and store the lightning? Tell me? Charles Dickens
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Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts; nothing else will ever be of any service to them. Charles Dickens
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All through it, I have known myself to be quite undeserving. And yet I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you to know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire- a fire, however, inseparable in its nature from myself, quickening nothing, lighting nothing, doing no service, idly burning away. Charles Dickens
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It is because I think so much of warm and sensitive hearts, that I would spare them from being wounded. Charles Dickens
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Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule. Charles Dickens
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Let the tears which fell, and the broken words which were exchanged in the long close embrace between the orphans, be sacred. A father, sister, and mother, were gained, and lost, in that one moment. Joy and grief were mingled in the cup; but there were no bitter tears: for even grief arose so softened, and clothed in such sweet and tender recollections, that it became a solemn pleasure, and lost all character of pain. Charles Dickens
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How many families, whose members have been dispersed and scattered far and wide, in the restless struggles of life, are then reunited, and meet once again in that happy state of companionship and mutual goodwill, which is a source of such pure and unalloyed delight; and one so incompatible with the cares and sorrows of the world, that the religious belief of the most civilized nations, and the rude traditions of the roughest savages, alike number it among the first joys of a future condition of existence, provided for the blessed and happy! Charles Dickens
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Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home! Charles Dickens
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The governess... looked upon him [Mr. Swiveller] as a literary gentleman of eccentric habits, and of a most prodigious talent in quotation. Charles Dickens
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There is a drowsy state, between sleeping and waking, when you dream more in five minutes with your eyes half open, and yourself half conscious of everything that is passing around you, than you would in five nights with your eyes fast closed and your senses wrapt in perfect unconsciousness. Charles Dickens
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Eccentricities of genius, Sam,' said Mr. Pickwick. Charles Dickens
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Keep yourself to yourself. Charles Dickens
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Hard,' replied the Dodger. 'As Nails,' added Charley Bates. Charles Dickens
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All is gas and gaiters. Charles Dickens
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There is another well-known suit in Chancery, not yet decided, which was commenced before the close of the last century, and in which more than double the amount of seventy thousand pounds has been swallowed up in costs. Charles Dickens
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Father is rather vulgar, my dear. The word Papa, besides, gives a pretty form to the lips. Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism are all very good words for the lips; especially prunes and prism. Charles Dickens
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But tears were not the things to find their way to Mr. Bumble's soul; his heart was waterproof. Like washable beaver hats that improve with rain, his nerves were rendered stouter and more vigorous, by showers of tears, which, being tokens of weakness, and so far tacit admissions of his own power, pleased and exalted him. Charles Dickens
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In this life we want nothing but facts, sir; nothing but facts. Charles Dickens
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He [Mr Turveydrop] is celebrated almost everywhere, for his Deportment. Charles Dickens
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When he has learnt that bottinney means a knowledge of plants, he goes and knows 'em. That's our system, Nickleby; what do you think of it? Charles Dickens
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It couldn't exist without allonging and marshonging to something or other. Charles Dickens
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Experientia does it - as papa used to say. Charles Dickens
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I am always conscious of an uncomfortable sensation now and then when the wind is blowing in the east. Charles Dickens
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The wictim o' connubiality, as Blue Beard's domestic chaplain said, with a tear of pity, ven he buried him. Charles Dickens
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Take example by your father, my boy, and be wery careful o' vidders all your life, specially if they've kept a public house, Sammy. Charles Dickens
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At Mr Wackford Squeers's Academy, Dotheboys Hall... Youth are boarded, clothed, booked, furnished with pocket-money, provided with all necessaries, instructed in all languages living and dead. Charles Dickens
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United Metropolitan Improved Hot Muffin and Crumpet and Punctual Delivery Company. Charles Dickens
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A friendly swarry, consisting of a boiled leg of mutton with the usual trimmings. Charles Dickens
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Life is given to us on the definite understanding that we boldly defend it to the last. Charles Dickens
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