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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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Do you spell it with a "V" or a "W"?' inquired the judge. 'That depends upon the taste and fancy of the speller, my Lord.' Charles Dickens
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I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance, any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it. Charles Dickens
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There is a wisdom of the Head, and... there is a wisdom of the Heart. 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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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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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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And numerous indeed are the hearts to which Christmas brings a brief season of happiness and enjoyment. Charles Dickens
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A heart well worth winning, and well won. A heart that, once won, goes through fire and water for the winner, and never changes, and is never daunted. Charles Dickens
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The two commonest mistakes in judgement ... are, the confounding of shyness with arrogance - a very common mistake indeed - and the not understanding that an obstinate nature exists in a perpetual struggle with itself. Charles Dickens
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Have a heart that never hardens Charles Dickens
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Why, Mrs. Piper has a good deal to say, chiefly in parentheses and without punctuation, but not much to tell. Charles Dickens
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You touch some of the reasons for my going, not for my staying away. Charles Dickens
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I took a good deal o' pains with his eddication, sir; let him run in the streets when he was very young, and shift for hisself. It's the only way to make a boy sharp, sir. Charles Dickens
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Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies. Charles Dickens
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And still I stood looking at the house, thinking how happy I should be if I lived there with her, and knowing that I never was happy with her, but always miserable. Charles Dickens
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Scattered wits take a long time in picking up. Charles Dickens
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I have a heart to be stabbed in or shot in, I have no doubt, and, of course, if it ceased to beat, I would cease to be. But you know what I mean. I have no softness there, no-sympathy-sentiment-nonsense. Charles Dickens
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Christmas was close at hand, in all his bluff and hearty honesty; it was the season of hospitality, merriment, and open-heartedness; the old year was preparing, like an ancient philosopher, to call his friends around him, and amidst the sound of feasting and revelry to pass gently and calmly away. Charles Dickens
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Christmas time! That man must be a misanthrope indeed, in whose breast something like a jovial feeling is not roused - in whose mind some pleasant associations are not awakened - by the recurrence of Christmas. Charles Dickens
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If ever household affections and loves are graceful things, they are graceful in the poor. The ties that bind the wealthy and the proud to home may be forged on earth, but those which link the poor man to his humble hearth are of the true metal and bear the stamp of heaven. Charles Dickens
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In love of home, the love of country has its rise. Charles Dickens
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Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last. Charles Dickens
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Black are the brooding clouds and troubled the deep waters, when the Sea of Thought, first heaving from a calm, gives up its Dead Charles Dickens
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I am well aware that I am the 'umblest person going. . . . My mother is likewise a very 'umble person. We live in a 'umble abode. Charles Dickens
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All knives and forks were working away at a rate that was quite alarming; very few words were spoken; and everybody seemed to eat his utmost, in self defence, as if a famine were expected to set in before breakfast-time to-morrow morning, and it had become high time to assert the first law of nature. Charles Dickens
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And could I look upon her without compassion, seeing her punishment in the ruin she was, in her profound unfitness for this earth on which she was placed, in the vanity of sorrow which had become a master mania, like the vanity of penitence, the vanity of remorse, the vanity of unworthiness, and other monstrous vanities that have been curses in this world? Charles Dickens
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We all have some experience of a feeling, that comes over us occasionally, of what we are saying and doing having been said and done before, in a remote time - of our having been surrounded, dim ages ago, by the same faces, objects, and circumstances. Charles Dickens
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In the Destroyer's steps there spring up bright creations that defy his power, and his dark path becomes a way of light to Heaven. Charles Dickens
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But the moon came slowly up in all her gentle glory, and the stars looked out, and through the small compass of the grated window, as through the narrow crevice of one good deed in a murky life of guilt, the face of Heaven shone bright and merciful. He raised his head; gazed upward at the quiet sky, which seemed to smile upon the earth in sadness, as if the night, more thoughtful than the day, looked down in sorrow on the sufferings and evil deeds of men; and felt its peace sink deep into his heart. Charles Dickens
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He was sailing over a boundless expanse of sea, with a blood-red sky above, and the angry waters, lashed into fury beneath, boiling and eddying up, on every side. There was another vessel before them, toiling and labouring in the howling storm: her canvas fluttering in ribbons from the mast. Charles Dickens
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If the parks be "the lungs of London" we wonder what Greenwich Fair is-a periodical breaking out, we suppose-a sort of spring rash. Charles Dickens
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I think it must somewhere be written that the virtues of mothers shall be visited on their children, as well as the sins of their fathers. Charles Dickens
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I could not help wondering in my own mind....how it came to pass that our joints of meat were of such extraordinary shapes - and whether our butcher contracted for all the deformed sheep that came into the world; but I kept my reflections to myself. Charles Dickens
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A man in public life expects to be sneered at - it is the fault of his elevated situation, and not of himself. Charles Dickens
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What an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world! Charles Dickens
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Stranger, pause and ask thyself the question, Canst thou do likewise? If not, with a blush retire. Charles Dickens
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Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home! Charles Dickens
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Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true. Charles Dickens
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There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts. Charles Dickens
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The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons. Charles Dickens
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I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. Charles Dickens
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Life is made of ever so many partings welded together. Charles Dickens
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It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations. Charles Dickens
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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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This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in. Charles Dickens
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Friendship? Yes Please. Charles Dickens
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My hair stands on end at the cost and charges of these boys. Why was I ever a father! Why was my father ever a father! Charles Dickens
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And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One! Charles Dickens
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Are there no prisons? Charles Dickens
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The leprosy of unreality disfigured every human creature in attendance. Charles Dickens
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Give me a moment, because I like to cry for joy. It's so delicious, John dear, to cry for joy. Charles Dickens
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Other sound than the owl's voice there was none, save the falling of a fountain into its stone basin; for, it was one of those dark nights that hold their breath by the hour together, and then heave a long low sigh, and hold their breath again. Charles Dickens
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Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before-more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle. Charles Dickens
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Crush humanity out of shape once more, under similar hammers, and it will twist itself into the same tortured forms. Sow the same seeds of rapacious licence and oppression over again, and it will surely yield the same fruit according to its kind. Charles Dickens
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Before I go," he said, and paused - "I may kiss her?" It was remembered afterwards that when he bent down and touched her face with his lips, he murmured some words. The child, who was nearest to him, told them afterwards, and told her grandchildren when she was a handsome old lady, that she heard him say, "A life you love. Charles Dickens
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That, they never could lay their heads upon their pillows; that, they could never tolerate the idea of their wives laying their heads upon their pillows; that, they could never endure the notion of their children laying their heads on their pillows; in short , that there never more could be , for them or theirs , any laying of heads upon pillows at all , unless the prisioner's head was taken off. The Attorney General during the trial of Mr. Darnay Charles Dickens
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We need be careful how we deal with those about us, when every death carries to some small circle of survivors, thoughts of so much omitted, and so little done- of so many things forgotten, and so many more which might have been repaired! There is no remorse so deep as that which is unavailing; if we would be spared its tortures, let us remember this, in time. Charles Dickens
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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 respect a rather common one. Charles Dickens
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Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood. Charles Dickens
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And I am bored to death with it. Bored to death with this place, bored to death with my life, bored to death with myself. Charles Dickens
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It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour. Charles Dickens
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So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise. Charles Dickens
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It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present. Charles Dickens
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