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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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We know, Mi. 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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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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Its very strange, said Mr. Dick that I never can get that quite right; I never can make that perfectly clear. Charles Dickens
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After musing for some minutes, the old gentleman walked, with the same meditative face, into a back anteroom opening from the yard; and there, retiring into a corner, called up before his mind's eye a vast amphitheatre of faces over which a dusky curtain had hung for many years. 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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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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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 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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A person who can't pay, gets another person who can't pay, to guarantee that he can pay. Like a person with two wooden legs getting another person with two wooden legs, to guarantee that he has got two natural legs. It don't make either of them able to do a walking match. Charles Dickens
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Chateau and hut, stone face and dangling figure, the red stain on the stone floor, and the pure water in the village well-thousands of acres of land-a whole province of France-all France itself-lay under the night sky, concentrated into a faint hairbreadth line. So does a whole world, with all its greatnesses and littlenesses, lie in a twinkling star. Charles Dickens
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A moment, and its glory was no more. The sun went down beneath the long dark lines of hill and cloud which piled up in the west an airy city, wall heaped on wall, and battlement on battlement; the light was all withdrawn; the shining church turned cold and dark; the stream forgot to smile; the birds were silent; and the gloom of winter dwelt on everything. Charles Dickens
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The rain and hail pattered against the glass; the chimneys quaked and rocked; the crazy casement rattled with the wind, as though an impatient hand inside were striving to burst it open. But no hand was there, and it opened no more. Charles Dickens
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With throbbing veins and burning skin, eyes wild and heavy, thoughts hurried and disordered, he felt as though the light were a reproach, and shrunk involuntarily from the day as if he were some foul and hideous thing. Charles Dickens
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Its very pulse, if I may use the word, was like no other clock. It did not mark the flight of every moment with a gentle second stroke, as though it would check old Time, and have him stay his pace in pity, but measured it with one sledge-hammer beat, as if its business were to crush the seconds as they came trooping on, and remorselessly to clear a path before the Day of Judgment. Charles Dickens
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"Then what can you want to do now?" said the old lady,gaining courage. "I wants to make your flesh creep," replied the boy. Charles Dickens
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I have tried to resign myself, and to console myself; and that, I hope, I may have done imperfectly; but what I cannot firmly settle in my mind is, that the end will absolutely come. I hold her hand in mine, I hold her heart in mine, I see her love for me, alive in all its strength. I cannot shut out a pale lingering shadow of belief that she will be spared. Charles Dickens
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"Drink with me, my dear," said Mr. Weller. "Put your lips to this here tumbler, and then I can kiss you by deputy." Charles Dickens
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"Well, well!" said my aunt. "I only ask. I don't depreciate her. Poor little couple! And so you think you were formed for one another, and are to go through a party-supper-table kind of life, like two pretty pieces of confectionery, do you, Trot?" Charles Dickens
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To be allowed to call her "Dora", to write to her, to dote upon and worship her, to have reason to think that when she was with other people she was yet mindful of me, seemed to me the summit of human ambition - I am sure it was the summit of mine. Charles Dickens
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But the words she spoke of Mrs Harris, lambs could not forgive ... nor worms forget. Charles Dickens
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A tender young cork, however, would have had no more chance against a pair of corkscrews, or a tender young tooth against a pair of dentists, or a little shuttlecock against two battledores, than I had against Uriah and Mrs. Heep. They did just what they liked with me; and wormed things out of me that I had no desire to tell, with a certainty I blush to think of. Charles Dickens
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Old Mr. Rarx was not a pleasant man to look at, nor yet to talk to, or to be with, for no one could help seeing that he was a sordid and selfish character, and that he had warped further and further out of the straight with time. Charles Dickens
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He had a sense of his dignity, which was of the most exquisite nature. He could detect a design upon it when nobody else had any perception of the fact. His life was made an agony by the number of fine scalpels that he felt to be incessantly engaged in dissecting his dignity. Charles Dickens
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And from that hour his poor maimed spirit, only remembering the place where it had broken its wings, cancelled the dream through which it had since groped, and knew of nothing beyond the Marshalsea. Charles Dickens
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... The sun does not shine upon this fair earth to meet frowning eyes, depend upon it. Charles Dickens
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... we part with tender relations stretching far behind us, that never can be exactly renewed, and with others dawning - yet before us... Charles Dickens
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Poor Mr. Pickwick! ... If he played a wrong card, Miss Bolo looked a small armoury of daggers; if he stopped to consider which was the right one, Lady Snuphanuph would throw herself back in her chair, and smile with a mingled glance of impatience and pity to Mrs. Colonel Wugsby, at which Mrs. Colonel Wugsby would shrug up her shoulders, and cough, as much as to say she wondered whether he ever would begin. Charles Dickens
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Some medical beast had revived tar-water in those days as a fine medicine, and Mrs. Joe always kept a supply of it in the cupboard; having a belief in its virtues correspondent to its nastiness. At the best of times, so much of this elixir was administered to me as a choice restorative, that I was conscious of going about, smelling like a new fence. Charles Dickens
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There is no such passion in human nature, as the passion for gravy among commercial gentlemen. Charles Dickens
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An observer of men who finds himself steadily repelled by some apparently trifling thing in a stranger is right to give it great weight. It may be the clue to the whole mystery. A hair or two will show where a lion is hidden. A very little key will open a very heavy door. Charles Dickens
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There is not a manufacturer or tradesman in existence, who would not employ a man who takes a reasonable degree of pride in the appearance of himself and those about him, in preference to a sullen, slovenly fellow, who works doggedly on, regardless of his own clothing and that of his wife and children, and seeming to take pleasure or pride in nothing. Charles Dickens
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No one has the least regard for the man; with them all, he has been an object of avoidance, suspicion, and aversion; but the spark of life within him is curiously separable from himself now, and they have a deep interest in it, probably because it IS life, and they are living and must die. Charles Dickens
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I know nothing of philosophical philanthropy. But I know what I have seen, and what I have looked in the face in this world here, where I find myself. And I tell you this, my friend, that there are people (men and women both, unfortunately) who have no good in them-none. That there are people whom it is necessary to detest without compromise. That there are people who must be dealt with as enemies of the human race. That there are people who have no human heart, and who must be crushed like savage beasts and cleared out of the way. Charles Dickens
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The worst class of sum worked in the every-day world is cyphered by the diseased arithmeticians who are always in the rule of Subtraction as to the merits and successes of others, and never in Addition as to their own. Charles Dickens
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Anything that makes a noise is satisfactory to a crowd. Charles Dickens
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When the wind is blowing and the sleet or rain is driving against the dark windows, I love to sit by the fire, thinking of what I have read in books of voyage and travel. Charles Dickens
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We still leave unblotted in the leaves of our statute book, for the reverence and admiration of successive ages, the just and wholesome law which declares that the sturdy felon shall be fed and clothed, and that the penniless debtor shall be left to die of starvation and nakedness. This is no fiction. Charles Dickens
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And what about the cash, my existence's jewel? Charles Dickens
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There's more of gravey than grave about you, whatever you are!" - Scrooge, referring to Marley's ghost which he believes is a hallucination from food poisoning Charles Dickens
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That glorious vision of doing good is so often the sanguine mirage of so many good minds. Charles Dickens
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I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach! Charles Dickens
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A new heart for a New Year, always! Charles Dickens
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You might, from your appearance, be the wife of Lucifer," said Miss Pross, in her breathing. "Nevertheless, you shall not get the better of me. I am an Englishwoman. Charles Dickens
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I believe the powers of observation in numbers of very young children to be quite wonderful for its closeness and accuracy. Indeed, I think that most grown people who are remarkable in this respect, may with greater propriety be said not to have lost the faculty, than to have acquired it; the rather, as I generally observe such people to retain a certain freshness, and gentleness, and capacity of being pleased, which are also an inheritance they have preserved from their childhood. Charles Dickens
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[I]t seemed as if the streets were absorbed by the sky, and the night were all in the air. Charles Dickens
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The clouds were drifting over the moon at their giddiest speed, at one time wholly obscuring her, at another, suffering her to burst forth in full splendor and shed her light on all the objects around; anon, driving over her again, with increased velocity, and shrouding everything in darkness. Charles Dickens
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My meaning is, that no man can expect his children to respect what he degrades. Charles Dickens
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I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart Charles Dickens
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Never imitate the eccentricities of genius, but toil after it in its truer flights. They are not so easy to follow, but they lead to higher regions. Charles Dickens
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A man ain't got no right to be a public man, unless he meets the public views. Charles Dickens
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