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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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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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He did each single thing as if he did nothing else. Charles Dickens
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You know what I am going to say. I love you. What other men may mean when they use that expression, I cannot tell. What I mean is that I am under the influence of some tremendous attraction which I have resisted in vain, and which overmasters me. You could draw me to fire, you could draw me to water, you could draw me to the gallows, you could draw me to any death, you could draw me to anything I have most avoided, you could draw me to any exposure and disgrace. This and the confusion of my thoughts, so that I am fit for nothing, is what I mean by your being the ruin of me. Charles Dickens
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It was one of those hot, silent nights, when people sit at windows listening for the thunder which they know will shortly break; when they recall dismal tales of hurricanes and earthquakes; and of lonely travellers on open plains, and lonely ships at sea, struck by lightning. Charles Dickens
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When we came within sight of the sea, the waves on the horizon, caught at intervals above the rolling abyss, were like glimpses of another shore with towers and buildings. Charles Dickens
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And the voices in the waves are always whispering to Florence, in their ceaseless murmuring, of love - of love, eternal and illimitable, not bounded by the confines of this world, or by the end of time, but ranging still, beyond the sea, beyond the sky, to the invisible country far away! Charles Dickens
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When she took her opposite place in the carriage corner, the brightness in her face was so charming to behold, that on her exclaiming, "What beautiful stars and what a glorious night!" the Secretary said "Yes," but seemed to prefer to see the night and the stars in the light of her lovely little countenance, to looking out of window. Charles Dickens
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The universe, he observed, makes rather an indifferent parent, I am afraid. Charles Dickens
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Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity. Charles Dickens
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Change begets change. Charles Dickens
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Repression is the only lasting philosophy. The dark deference of fear and slavery, my friend, will keep the dogs obedient to the whip, as long as this roof shuts out the sky. Charles Dickens
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And can it be that in a world so full and busy the loss of one creature makes a void so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of eternity can fill it up! Charles Dickens
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Such is hope, heaven's own gift to struggling mortals, pervading, like some subtle essence from the skies, all things both good and bad. Charles Dickens
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Probably every new and eagerly expected garment ever put on since clothes came in, fell a trifle short of the wearer's expectation. Charles Dickens
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I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known. Charles Dickens
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I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies. Charles Dickens
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Come in, - come in! and know me better, man! I am the Ghost of Christmas Present. Look upon me! You have never seen the like of me before! Charles Dickens
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This was my only and my constant comfort. When I think of it, the picture always rises in my mind, of a summer evening, the boys at play in the churchyard, and I sitting on my bed, reading as if for life. Charles Dickens
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I never had one hour's happiness in her society, and yet my mind all round the four-and-twenty hours was harping on the happiness of having her with me unto death. Charles Dickens
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If the law supposes that,' said Mr Bumble...' the law is an ass - an idiot. Charles Dickens
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One should never be ashamed to cry. Tears are rain on the dust of earth. Charles Dickens
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We spent as much money as we could and got as little for it as people could make up their minds to give us. We were always more or less miserable, and most of our acquaintance were in the same condition. There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves, and a skeleton truth that we never did. To the best of my belief, our case was in the last aspect a rather common one. Charles Dickens
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I looked at the stars, and considered how awful it would be for a man to turn his face up to them as he froze to death, and see no help or pity in all the glittering multitude. Charles Dickens
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It is not easy to walk alone in the country without musing upon something. Charles Dickens
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Blackened skeleton arms of wood by the wayside pointed upward to the convent, as if the ghosts of former travellers, overwhelmed by the snow, haunted the scene of their distress. Icicle-hung caves and cellars built for refuges from sudden storms, were like so many whispers of the perils of the place; never-resting wreaths and mazes of mist wandered about, hunted by a moaning wind; and snow, the besetting danger of the mountain, against which all its defences were taken, drifted sharply down. Charles Dickens
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The flowers that sleep by night, opened their gentle eyes and turned them to the day. The light, creation's mind, was everywhere, and all things owned its power. Charles Dickens
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Heaven suits the back to the burden. Charles Dickens
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Every failure teaches a man something, if he will but learn. Charles Dickens
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I think the Romans must have aggravated one another very much, with their noses. Perhaps, they became the restless people they were, in consequence. Charles Dickens
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It being a remarkable fact in theatrical history, but one long since established beyond dispute, that it is a hopeless endeavor to attract people to a theatre unless they can be first brought to believe that they will never get in. Charles Dickens
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And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death. Charles Dickens
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In the moonlight which is always sad, as the light of the sun itself is-as the light called human life is-at its coming and its going. Charles Dickens
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Sudden shifts and changes are no bad preparation for political life. Charles Dickens
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I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Charles Dickens
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May not the complaint, that common people are above their station, often take its rise in the fact of uncommon people being below theirs? Charles Dickens
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My guiding star always is, Get hold of portable property. Charles Dickens
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Once a gentleman, and always a gentleman. Charles Dickens
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You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are! Charles Dickens
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No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot. Charles Dickens
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I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world. Charles Dickens
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There are chords in the human heart- strange, varying strings- which are only struck by accident; which will remain mute and senseless to appeals the most passionate and earnest, and respond at last to the slightest casual touch. Charles Dickens
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Please, sir, I want some more. Charles Dickens
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To a young heart everything is fun. Charles Dickens
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We must meet reverses boldly, and not suffer them to frighten us, my dear. We must learn to act the play out. We must live misfortune down, Trot! Charles Dickens
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Then idiots talk....of Energy. If there is a word in the dictionary under any letter from A to Z that I abominate, it is energy. It is such a conventional superstition, such parrot gabble! What the deuce!....But show me a good opportunity, show me something really worth being energetic about, and I'll show you energy. Charles Dickens
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a most excellent man, though I could have wished his trousers not quite so tight in some places and not quite so loose in others. Charles Dickens
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Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; - the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine! Charles Dickens
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Good never come of such evil, a happier end was not in nature to so unhappy a beginning. Charles Dickens
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No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else. Charles Dickens
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Charles Dickens
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The wind's in the east. . . . 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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When they took a young man into Tellson's London house, they hid him somewhere till he was old. They kept him in a dark place, like a cheese, until he had the full Tellson flavour and blue-mould upon him. Then only was he permitted to be seen, spectacularly poring over large books, and casting his breeches and gaiters into the general weight of the establishment. Charles Dickens
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My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Charles Dickens
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There is something good in all weathers. If it doesn't happen to be good for my work today, it's good for some other man's today... and will come around for me tomorrow. Charles Dickens
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I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes. Charles Dickens
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"Why, I don't exactly know about perjury, my dear sir," replied the little gentleman. "Harsh word, my dear sir, very harsh word indeed. It's a legal fiction, my dear sir, nothing more." Charles Dickens
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Oh, a dainty plant is the ivy green, That creepeth o'er ruins old! Of right choice food are his meals, I ween, In his cell so lone and cold. Creeping where no life is seen, A rare old plant is the ivy green. Charles Dickens
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Heaped on the floor were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, bartrels of oysters, re-hot chestnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth-cakes, and seething bowls of punch that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam. Charles Dickens
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Remember, to the last, that while there is life there is hope. Charles Dickens
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Up the two terrace flights of steps the rain ran wildly, and beat at the great door, like a swift messenger rousing those within;. Charles Dickens
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Not only is the day waning, but the year. The low sun is fiery and yet cold behind the monastery ruin, and the Virginia creeper on the Cathedral wall has showered half its deep-red leaves down on the pavement. There has been rain this afternoon, and a wintry shudder goes among the little pools on the cracked, uneven flag-stones, and through the giant elm-trees as they shed a gust of tears. Charles Dickens
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The evening wind made such a disturbance just now, among some tall old elm-trees at the bottom of the garden, that neither my mother nor Miss Betsey could forbear glancing that way. As the elms bent to one another, like giants who were whispering secrets, and after a few seconds of such repose, fell into a violent flurry, tossing their wild arms about, as if their late confidences were really too wicked for their peace of mind... Charles Dickens
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The beating of my heart was so violent and wild that I felt as if my life were breaking from me. Charles Dickens
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