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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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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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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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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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The more man knows of man, the better for the common brotherhood among men. 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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It is a pleasant world we live in, sir, a very pleasant world. There are bad people in it, Mr. Richard, but if there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers. Charles Dickens
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I don't feel any vulgar gratitude to you[for helping me]. I almost feel as if You ought to be grateful to ME, for giving you the opportunity of enjoying the luxury of generosity. . . I may have come into the world expressly for the purpose of increasing your stock of happiness. I may have been born to be a benefactor to you, by giving you an opportunity of assisting me. 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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I would like to be going all over the kingdom...and acting everywhere. There's nothing in the world equal to seeing the house rise at you, one sea of delightful faces, one hurrah of applause! Charles Dickens
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Shall we speak of the inspiration of a poet or a priest, and not of the heart impelled by love and self-devotion to the lowliest work in the lowliest way of life? Charles Dickens
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Although I am an old man, night is generally my time for walking. Charles Dickens
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To close the eyes, and give a seemly comfort to the apparel of the dead, is poverty's holiest touch of nature. Charles Dickens
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Long may it remain in this mixed world a question not easy of decision, which is the more beautiful evidence of the Almighty's goodness, the soft white hand formed for the ministrations of sympathy and tenderness, or the rough hard hand which the heart softens, teaches, and guides in a moment. 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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I know enough of the world now to have almost lost the capacity of being much surprised by anything 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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"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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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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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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And how did little Tim behave?" asked Mrs Cratchit, when she had rallied Bob on his credulity and Bob had hugged his daughter to his heart's content. "As good as gold," said Bob, "and better. Somehow he gets thoughtful, sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see. Charles Dickens
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Perhaps second-hand cares, like second-hand clothes, come easily off and on. 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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He thought of the number of girls and women she had seen marry, how many homes with children in them she had seen grow up around her, how she had contentedly pursued her own lone quite path-for him. ~ Stephen speaking of Rachael Charles Dickens
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How could you give me life, and take from me all the inappreciable things that raise it from the state of conscious death? Where are the graces of my soul? Where are the sentiments of my heart? What have you done, oh, Father, What have you done with the garden that should have bloomed once, in this great wilderness here? Said louisa as she touched her heart. 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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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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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 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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When a man says he's willin', said Mr. Barkis, it's as much as to say, that man's a-waitin' for a answer. Charles Dickens
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I believe that Virtue shows quite as well in rags and patches as she does in purple and fine linen. Charles Dickens
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Never see... a dead post-boy, did you? inquired Sam... No, rejoined Bob, I never did. No! rejoined Sam triumphantly. Nor never vill; and there's another thing that no man never see, and that's a dead donkey. Charles Dickens
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Thirty years ago, Marseilles lay burning in the sun, one day. Charles Dickens
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Indifference to all the actions and passions of mankind was not supposed to be such a distinguished quality at that time, I think. I have known it very fashionable indeed. I have seen it displayed with such success that I have encountered some fine ladies and gentlemen who might as well have been born caterpillars. Charles Dickens
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