Charles Dickens Quotes & Wallpapers

Charles Dickens
Total Quotes: 1361

... although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion, if you can keep him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people. Charles Dickens

The bright old day now dawns again; the cry runs through the land, in England there shall be dear bread - in Ireland, sword and brand; and poverty, and ignorance, shall swell the rich and grand, so rally round the rulers with the gentle iron hand, of the fine old English Tory days; hail to the coming time! Charles Dickens

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

In these times of ours, though concerning the exact year there is no need to be precise, a boat of dirty and disreputable appearance, with two figures in it, floated on the Thames, between Southwark Bridge which is of iron, and London Bridge which is of stone, as an autumn evening was closing in. Charles Dickens

Perhaps it is a good thing to have an unsound hobby ridden hard; for it is sooner ridden to death. Charles Dickens

What connexion can there be, between the place in Lincolnshire, the house in town, the Mercury in powder, and the whereabout of Jo the outlaw with the broom, who had that distant ray of light upon him when he swept the churchyard-step? What connexion can there have been between many people in the innumerable histories of this world, who, from opposite sides of great gulfs, have, nevertheless, been very curiously brought together! Charles Dickens

He was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset Charles Dickens

I don't know what to do!" cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoon of himself with his stockings. "I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to every-body! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo! Charles Dickens

The world belongs to those who set out to conquer it armed with self confidence and good humour. Charles Dickens

Little Red Riding Hood was my first love. I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding Hood, I should have known perfect bliss. Charles Dickens

Lawyers hold that there are two kinds of particularly bad witnesses-a reluctant witness, and a too-willing witness. Charles Dickens

Heaven above was blue, and earth beneath was green; the river glistened like a path of diamonds in the sun; the birds poured forth their songs from the shady trees; the lark soared high above the waving corn; and the deep buzz of insects filled the air. Charles Dickens

Accidents will occur in the best regulated families. Charles Dickens

"I am not afeard, my Heart's-delight," resumed the Captain. "There's been most uncommon bad weather in them latitudes, there's no denyin', and they have drove and drove and been beat off, may be t'other side the world. But the ship's a good ship, and the lad's a good lad; and it ain't easy, thank the Lord," the Captain made a little bow, "to break up hearts of oak, whether they're in brigs or buzzums." Charles Dickens

The night crept on apace, the moon went down, the stars grew pale and dim, and morning, cold as they, slowly approached. Then, from behind a distant hill, the noble sun rose up, driving the mists in phantom shapes before it, and clearing the earth of their ghostly forms till darkness came again. Charles Dickens

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. Charles Dickens

He was touched in the cavity where his heart should have been, in that nest of addled eggs, where the birds of heaven would have lived if they had not been whistled away, by the fervour of this reproach. Charles Dickens

Go ye, who rest so placidly upon the sacred Bard who had been young, and when he strung his harp was old, and had never seen the righteous forsaken, or his seed begging their bread; go, Teachers of content and honest pride, into the mine, the mill, the forge, the squalid depths of deepest ignorance, and uttermost abyss of man's neglect, and say can any hopeful plant spring up in air so foul that it extinguishes the soul's bright torch as fast as it is kindled! Charles Dickens

The privileges of the side-table included the small prerogatives of sitting next to the toast, and taking two cups of tea to other people's one. Charles Dickens

I have heard it said that as we keep our birthdays when we are alive, so the ghosts of dead people, who are not easy in their graves, keep the day they died upon. Charles Dickens

It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back. Charles Dickens

Troubles are exceedingly gregarious in their nature, and flying in flocks are apt to perch capriciously. Charles Dickens

He describes it as a large apartment, with a red brick floor and a capacious chimney; the ceiling garnished with hams, sides of bacon, and ropes of onions. Charles Dickens

Mr Jarndyce, and prevented his going any farther, when he had remarked that there were two classes of charitable people: one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all. Charles Dickens

?And yet I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you to know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire. Charles Dickens

Are you thankful for not being young?' 'Yes, sir. If I was young, it would all have to be gone through again, and the end would be a weary way off, don't you see?... Charles Dickens

A demd, damp, moist, unpleasant body! Charles Dickens

Then I'm sorry to say, I've eat your pie. Charles Dickens

and it was not until I began to think, that I began fully to know how wrecked I was, and how the ship in which I had sailed was gone to pieces. Charles Dickens

Christmas is a time in which, of all times in the year, the memory of every remediable sorrow, wrong, and trouble in the world around us, should be active with us, not less than our own experiences, for all good. Charles Dickens

From the days when it was always summer in Eden, to these days when it is mostly winter in fallen latitudes, the world of a man has invariably gone one way Charles Darnay's way the way of the love of a woman Charles Dickens

The town was glad with morning light; places that had shown ugly and distrustful all night long, now wore a smile; and sparkling sunbeams dancing on chamber windows, and twinkling through blind and curtain before sleepers" eyes, shed light even into dreams, and chased away the shadows of the night. Charles Dickens

Our affections, however laudable, in this transitory world, should never master us; we should guide them, guide them. Charles Dickens

A fig for Time! Use him well, and he's a hearty follow. Charles Dickens

Long before we saw the sea, its spray was on our lips, and showered salt rain upon us. Charles Dickens

I wants to make your flesh creep. Charles Dickens

She knows wot's wot, she does. Charles Dickens

Bah,' said Scrooge. 'Humbug! Charles Dickens

I am the Ghost of Christmas Past.' 'Long Past?' inquired Scrooge.... 'No. Your past. Charles Dickens

I am the Ghost of Christmas Present,' said the Spirit. 'Look upon me! Charles Dickens

A long pull, and a strong pull, and a pull altogether. Charles Dickens

Hallo! A great deal of steam! the pudding was out of the copper. A smell like a washing-day! That was the cloth. A smell like an eating-house and a pastrycook's next door to each other, with a laundress's next door to that. That was the pudding. Charles Dickens

Mr. Augustus Minns was a bachelor, of about forty as he said - of about eight-and-forty as his friends said. He was always exceedingly clean, precise, and tidy: perhaps somewhat priggish, and the most retiring man in the world. Charles Dickens

O let us love our occupations, Bless the squire and his relations, Live upon our daily rations, And always know our proper stations. Charles Dickens

Minerva House... was a finishing establishment for young ladies, where some twenty girls of the ages from thirteen to nineteen inclusive, acquired a smattering of everything and a knowledge of nothing. Charles Dickens

That vague kind of penitence which holidays awaken next morning. Charles Dickens

Did you ever taste beer? I had a sip of it once, said the small servant. Here's a state of things! cried Mr Swiveller, raising his eyes to the ceiling. She never tasted it - it can't be tasted in a sip! Charles Dickens

Pip, dear old chap, life is made of ever so many partings welded together... Charles Dickens

I want to be something so much worthier than the doll in the doll's house. Charles Dickens

Mr. and Mrs. Veneering were bran-new people in a bran-new house in a bran-new quarter of London. Everything about the Veneerings was spick-and-span new. All their furniture was new, all their friends were new, all their servants were new... Charles Dickens

I pity his ignorance and despise him. Charles Dickens

A literary man - with a wooden leg. Charles Dickens

We've got a private master comes to teach us at home, but we ain't proud, because ma says it's sinful. Charles Dickens

I am a demd villain!... I will fill my pockets with change for a sovereign in half-pence and drown myself in the Thames... who for her sake will become a demd, damp, moist, unpleasant body! Charles Dickens

He had but one eye and the popular prejudice runs in favour of two. Charles Dickens

Orses and dorgs is some men's fancy. They're wittles and drink to me. Charles Dickens

Can I unmoved see thee dying On a log, Expiring frog! Charles Dickens

Which fiddle-strings is weakness to expredge my nerves this night! Charles Dickens

The man who knows only one subject is almost as tiresome as the man who knows no subject. Charles Dickens

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

Mr Weller's knowledge of London was extensive and peculiar. Charles Dickens

Grief never mended no broken bones, and as good people's wery scarce, what I says is, make the most on 'em. Charles Dickens

There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair. Charles Dickens

I had considered how the things that never happen, are often as much realities to us, in their effects, as those that are accomplished. Charles Dickens

...a lady of what is commonly called an uncertain temper -a phrase which being interpreted signifies a temper tolerably certain to make everybody more or less uncomfortable. Charles Dickens

Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart. Charles Dickens

She was the most wonderful woman for prowling about the house. How she got from one story to another was a mystery beyond solution. A lady so decorous in herself, and so highly connected, was not to be suspected of dropping over the banisters or sliding down them, yet her extraordinary facility of locomotion suggested the wild idea. Charles Dickens

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

The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. Charles Dickens

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

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