Charles Dickens Quotes & Wallpapers

Charles Dickens
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When you're a married man, Samivel, you'll understand a good many things as you don't understand now; but whether it's worth while, going through so much, to learn so little, as the charity-boy said when he got to the end of the alphabet, is a matter o taste. Charles Dickens

A wailing, rushing sound, which shook the walls an though a giant's hand were on them; then a hoarse roar, as if the sea had risen; then such a whirl and tumult, that the air seemed mad; and then, with a lengthened howl, the waves of wind swept on. Charles Dickens

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

An ancient English Cathedral Tower? How can the ancient Cathedral Tower be here! Charles Dickens

Umble we are, 'umble we have been, 'umble we shall ever be. Charles Dickens

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

I'll tell you," said she, in the same hurried passionate whisper, "what real love it. It is blind devotion, unquestioning self-humiliation, utter submission, trust and belief against yourself and against the whole world, giving up your whole heart and soul to the smiter - as I did! Charles Dickens

The boy was lying, fast asleep, on a rude bed upon the floor; so pale with anxiety, and sadness, and the closeness of his prison, that he looked like death; not death as it shews in shroud and coffin, but in the guise it wears when life has just departed; when a young and gentle spirit has, but an instant, fled to Heaven: and the gross air of the world has not had time to breathe upon the changing dust it hallowed. Charles Dickens

Morning drew on apace. The air became more sharp and piercing, as its first dull hue: the death of night, rather than the birth of day: glimmered faintly in the sky. The objects which had looked dim and terrible in the darkness, grew more and more defined, and gradually resolved into their familiar shapes. The rain came down, thick and fast; and pattered, noisily, among the leafless bushes. Charles Dickens

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

Are there no prisons? Charles Dickens

The leprosy of unreality disfigured every human creature in attendance. Charles Dickens

A man in public life expects to be sneered at - it is the fault of his elevated situation, and not of himself. Charles Dickens

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

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

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

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

What an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world! Charles Dickens

Stranger, pause and ask thyself the question, Canst thou do likewise? If not, with a blush retire. Charles Dickens

It's over, and can't be helped, and that's one consolation, as they always say in Turkey, when they cut the wrong man's head off. Charles Dickens

A good thing can't be cruel. Charles Dickens

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

Be natural my children. For the writer that is natural has fulfilled all the rules of art. Charles Dickens

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

Scattered wits take a long time in picking up. Charles Dickens

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

Marley was dead, to begin with ... This must be distintly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate. Charles Dickens

... the woman who grows up with the idea that she is simply to be an amiable animal, to be caressed and coaxed, is invariably a bitterly disappointed woman. A game of chess will cure such a conceit forever. The woman that knows the most, thinks the most, feels the most, is the most. Intellectual affection is the only lasting love. Love that has a game of chess in it can checkmate any man and solve the problem of life. Charles Dickens

As I never saw my father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them (for their days were long before the days of photographs), my first fancies regarding what they were like, were unreasonably derived from their tombstones. The shape of the letters on my father's, gave me an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair. From the character and turn of the inscription, "Also Georgiana Wife of the Above", I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly. Charles Dickens

What greater gift than the love of a cat? Charles Dickens

The clouds were flying fast, the wind was coming up in gusts, banging some neighboring shutters that had broken loose, twirling the rusty chimney-cowls and weathercocks, and rushing round and round a confined adjacent churchyard as if it had a mind to blow the dead citizens out of their graves. The low thunder, muttering in all quarters of the sky at once, seemed to threaten vengeance for this attempted desecration, and to mutter, Let them rest! Let them rest! Charles Dickens

He had used the word [humbug] in its Pickwickian sense. Charles Dickens

They don't mind it; it's a regular holiday to them-all porter and skittles. Charles Dickens

Anythin' for a quiet life, as the man said wen he took the sitivation at the lighthouse. Charles Dickens

There are strings,' said Mr. Tappertit, '... in the human heart that had better not be wibrated. Charles Dickens

I never will desert Mr. Micawber. Charles Dickens

What a world of gammon and spinnage it is, though, ain't it! Charles Dickens

Ride on! Rough-shod if need be, smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on! Ride on over all obstacles, and win the race! Charles Dickens

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way-in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noblest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. Charles Dickens

What is the odds so long as the fire of soul is kindled at the taper of conviviality, and the wing of friendship never moults a feather? Charles Dickens

Oh, dear no, miss, he said. This is a London particular. I had never heard of such a thing. A fog, miss, said the young gentleman. Oh, indeed! said I. Charles Dickens

I had been to see Macbeth at the theatre a night or two before and she reminded me of the faces rising out of the witches' cauldron. Charles Dickens

All the truth of my position came flashing on me; and its disappointments, dangers, disgraces, consequences of all kinds, rushed in in such a multitude that I was borne down by them and had to struggle for every breath I drew. Charles Dickens

Dollars! All their cares, hopes, joys, affections, virtues, and associations seemed to be melted down into dollars. Whatever the chance contributions that fell into the slow cauldron of their talk, they made the gruel thick and slab with dollars. Charles Dickens

Oh gracious, why wasn't I born old and ugly? Charles Dickens

Although it's a long time on the road, it is on the road and coming. I tell thee it never retreats, and never stops. Charles Dickens

Wery good power o' suction, Sammy... You'd ha' made an uncommon fine oyster, Sammy, if you'd been born in that station o' life. Charles Dickens

O Mrs Higden, Mrs Higden, you was a woman and a mother, and a mangler in a million million. Charles Dickens

She is come at last - at last - and all is gas and gaiters! Charles Dickens

Oh Sairey, Sairey, little do we know wot lays afore us! Charles Dickens

Literature should stand by itself, of itself, and for itself. Charles Dickens

Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks. Charles Dickens

Put it down a we, my lord, put it down a we! Charles Dickens

No man ever walked down to posterity with so small a book under his arm. Charles Dickens

Give me a moment, because I like to cry for joy. It's so delicious, John dear, to cry for joy. Charles Dickens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood. Charles Dickens

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

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

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

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

So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise. Charles Dickens

It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present. Charles Dickens

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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