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Charles Dickens
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Be natural my children. For the writer that is natural has fulfilled all the rules of art. Charles Dickens
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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
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A good thing can't be cruel. Charles Dickens
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A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every breathing heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it! 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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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
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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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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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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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... 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
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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
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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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An ancient English Cathedral Tower? How can the ancient Cathedral Tower be here! Charles Dickens
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Umble we are, 'umble we have been, 'umble we shall ever be. 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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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
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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
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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
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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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Did it ever strike you on such a morning as this that drowning would be happiness and peace? Charles Dickens
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I could settle down into a state of equable low spirits, and resign myself to coffee. 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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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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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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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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Break their hearts my pride and hope, break their hearts and have no mercy. -Miss Havisham Charles Dickens
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He knew enough of the world to know that there is nothing in it better than the faithful service of the heart. 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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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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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
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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
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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
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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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When you drink of the water, don't forget the spring from which it flows. Charles Dickens
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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
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He had used the word [humbug] in its Pickwickian sense. Charles Dickens
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They don't mind it; it's a regular holiday to them-all porter and skittles. Charles Dickens
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Anythin' for a quiet life, as the man said wen he took the sitivation at the lighthouse. Charles Dickens
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There are strings,' said Mr. Tappertit, '... in the human heart that had better not be wibrated. Charles Dickens
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I never will desert Mr. Micawber. Charles Dickens
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What a world of gammon and spinnage it is, though, ain't it! Charles Dickens
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Oh gracious, why wasn't I born old and ugly? Charles Dickens
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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
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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
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O Mrs Higden, Mrs Higden, you was a woman and a mother, and a mangler in a million million. Charles Dickens
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She is come at last - at last - and all is gas and gaiters! Charles Dickens
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Oh Sairey, Sairey, little do we know wot lays afore us! Charles Dickens
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Literature should stand by itself, of itself, and for itself. Charles Dickens
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Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks. Charles Dickens
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Put it down a we, my lord, put it down a we! Charles Dickens
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No man ever walked down to posterity with so small a book under his arm. Charles Dickens
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I believe no satirist could breathe this air. If another Juvenal or Swift could rise up among us tomorrow, he would be hunted down. If you have any knowledge of our literature, and can give me the name of any man, American born and bred, who has anatomized our follies as a people, and not as this or that party; and who has escaped the foulest and most brutal slander, the most inveterate hatred and intolerant pursuit; it will be a strange name in my ears, believe me. Charles Dickens
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Now, what I want is, facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children. Stick to Facts, sir! 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
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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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