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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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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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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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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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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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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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Above all, one hideous figure grew as familiar as if it had been before the general gaze from the foundations of the world - the figure of the sharp female called La Guillotine. It was the popular theme for jests; it was the best cure for headache, it infallibly prevented hair from turning gray, it imparted a peculiar delicacy to the complexion, it was the National Razor which shaved close: who kissed La Guillotine looked through the little window and sneezed into the sack. Charles Dickens
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A multitude of people and yet solitude. Charles Dickens
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The dew seemed to sparkle more brightly on the green leaves the air to rustle among them with a sweeter music and the sky itself to look more blue and bright. Such is the influence which the condition of our own thoughts, exercise, even over the appearance of external objects. Charles Dickens
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On the eve of long voyages or an absence of many years, friends who are tenderly attached will seperate with the usual look, the usual pressure of the hand, planning one final interview for the morrow, while each well knows that it is but a poor feint to save the pain of uttering that one word, and the meeting will never be. Should possibilities be worse to bear than certainties? Charles Dickens
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I was so humiliated, hurt, spurned, offended, angry, sorry-I cannot hit upon the right name for the smart-God knows what its name was-that tears started to my eyes. Charles Dickens
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Let us leave our old friend in one of those moments of unmixed happiness which, if we seek them, there are ever some, to cheer our transitory existence here. There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. Charles Dickens
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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. No man can form an adequate idea of the real meaning of the word, without coming here. Charles Dickens
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There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart. Charles Dickens
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A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens
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There are many pleasant fictions of the law in constant operation, but there is not one so pleasant or practically humorous as that which supposes every man to be of equal value in its impartial eye, and the benefits of all laws to be equally attainable by all men, without the smallest reference to the furniture of their pockets. Charles Dickens
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The aim of talk should be like the aim of a flying arrow - to hit the mark; but to this end there must be a mark to hit, that is, there must be a listener. Charles Dickens
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The habit of paying compliments kept a man's tongue oiled without any expense. Charles Dickens
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Poverty and oysters always seem to go together. Charles Dickens
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You speak so feelingly and so manfully, Charles Darnay Charles Dickens
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Meow says the cat ,quack says the duck , Bow wow wow says the dog ! Grrrr! Charles Dickens
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Mr Lorry asks the witness questions: Ever been kicked? Might have been. Frequently? No. Ever kicked down stairs? Decidedly not; once received a kick at the top of a staircase, and fell down stairs of his own accord. Charles Dickens
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Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery. Charles Dickens
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It can't be supposed," said Joe. "Tho' I'm oncommon fond of reading, too." Are you, Joe?" Oncommon. Give me," said Joe, "a good book, or a good newspaper, and sit me down afore a good fire, and I ask no better. Lord!" he continued, after rubbing his knees a little, "when you do come to a J and a O, and says you, 'Here, at last, is a J-O, Joe,' how interesting reading is! Charles Dickens
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Old Marley was as dead as a doornail. Mind! I don't mean to say that, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a doornail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country's done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a doornail. Charles Dickens
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It is not possible to know how far the influence of any amiable, honest-hearted duty-doing man flies out into the world, but it is very possible to know how it has touched one's self in going by. Charles Dickens
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Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead," said Scrooge. "But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Charles Dickens
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She forgot to be shy at the moment, in honestly warning him away from the sunken wreck he had a dream of raising; and looked at him with eyes which assuredly, in association with her patient face, her fragile figure, her spare dress, and the wind and rain, did not turn him from his purpose of helping her. Charles Dickens
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I must do something or I shall wear my heart away... Charles Dickens
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A man is lucky if he is the first love of a woman. A woman is lucky if she is the last love of a man. Charles Dickens
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I distress you; I draw fast to an end. Charles Dickens
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My heart is set, as firmly as ever heart of man was set on woman. I have no thought, no view, no hope, in life beyond her; and if you oppose me in this great stake, you take my peace and happiness in your hands, and cast them to the wind. Charles Dickens
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If they would rather die, . . . they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population. Charles Dickens
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No space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused Charles Dickens
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Nothing of what is nobly done is ever lost. 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. Charles Dickens
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You can't make a head and brains out of a brass knob with nothing in it. You couldn't do it when your uncle George was living much less when he's dead. Charles Dickens
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I never thought before, that there was a woman in the world who could affect me so much by saying so little. But don't be hard in your construction of me. You don't know what my state of mind towards you is. You don't know how you haunt and bewilder me. You don't know how the cursed carelessness that is over-officious in helping me at every other turning of my life WON'T help me here. You have struck it dead, I think, and I sometimes wish you had struck me dead along with it. Charles Dickens
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I feel an earnest and humble desire, and shall do till I die, to increase the stock of harmless cheerfulness. Charles Dickens
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Of little worth as life is when we misuse it, it is worth that effort. It would cost nothing to lay down if it were not. Charles Dickens
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I am no more annoyed when I think of the expression, than I should be annoyed by a man's opinion of a picture of mine, who had no eye for pictures; or of a piece of music of mine, who had no ear for music. Charles Dickens
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And thus ever by day and night, under the sun and under the stars, climbing the dusty hills and toiling along the weary plains, journeying by land and journeying by sea, coming and going so strangely, to meet and to act and react on one another, move all we restless travellers through the pilgrimage of life. Charles Dickens
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There once was a child, and he strolled about a good deal, and thought of a number of things. He had a sister, who was a child too, and his constant companion. These two used to wonder all day long. They wondered at the beauty of the flowers; they wondered at the height and blueness of the sky; they wondered at the depth of the bright water; they wondered at the goodness and the power of God who made the lovely world. Charles Dickens
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There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood. Charles Dickens
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I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul...Since I knew you, I have been troubled by a remorse that I thought would never reproach me again, and have heard whispers from old voices impelling me upward, that I thought were silent for ever. I have had unformed ideas of striving afresh, beginning anew, shaking off sloth and sensuality, and fighting out the abandoned fight. A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it. Charles Dickens
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New thoughts and hopes were whirling through my mind, and all the colours of my life were changing. Charles Dickens
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We went our several ways," said Lady Dedlock, "and had little in common even before we agreed to differ. It is to be regretted, I suppose, but it could not be helped. Charles Dickens
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The streets looked small, of course. The streets that we have only seen as children always do I believe when we go back to them Charles Dickens
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things cannot be expected to turn up of themselves. We must in a measure assist to turn them up Charles Dickens
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I loved you madly; in the distasteful work of the day, in the wakeful misery of the night, girded by sordid realities, or wandering through Paradises and Hells of visions into which I rushed, carrying your image in my arms, I loved you madly. Charles Dickens
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This is the even-handed dealing of the world!" he said. "There is noth-ing on which it is so hard as poverty; and there is nothing it professes tocondemn with such severity as the pursuit of wealth! Charles Dickens
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Nothingever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the onset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have a malady in the less attractive forms. Charles Dickens
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Tongue; well that's a wery good thing when it an't a woman. Charles Dickens
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For the rest of his life, Oliver Twist remembers a single word of blessing spoken to him by another child because this word stood out so strikingly from the consistent discouragement around him. Charles Dickens
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Walk and be Happy, Walk and be Healthy... Charles Dickens
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There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. Charles Dickens
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'Tis love that makes the world go round, my baby. Charles Dickens
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Some women's faces are, in their brightness, a prophecy; and some, in their sadness, a history. Charles Dickens
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