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Charles Dickens
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A very little key will open a very heavy door. Charles Dickens
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I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies! 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 noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. Charles Dickens
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Nothing that we do, is done in vain. I believe, with all my soul, that we shall see triumph. Charles Dickens
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While the flowers, pale and unreal in the moonlight, floated away upon the river; and thus do greater things that once were in our breasts, and near our hearts, flow from us to the eternal sea. Charles Dickens
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Stephen Blackpool fall into the loneliest of lives, the life of solitude among a familiar crowd. The stranger in the land who looks into ten thousand faces for some answering look and never finds it, is in cheering society as compared with him who passes ten averted faces daily, that were once the countenances of friends Charles Dickens
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I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. Charles Dickens
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There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas. Charles Dickens
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The two stand in the fast-thinning throng of victims, but they speak as if they were alone. Eye to eye, voice to voice, hand to hand, heart to heart, these two children of the Universal Mother, else so wide apart and differing, have come together on the dark highway, to repair home together and to rest in her bosom. Charles Dickens
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A display of indifference to all the actions and passions of mankind was not supposed to be such a distinguished quality at that time, I think, as I have observed it to be considered since. I have known it very fashionable indeed. I have seen it displayed with such success, that I have encountered some fine ladies and gentlemen who might as well have been born caterpillars. Charles Dickens
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Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait. Charles Dickens
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... 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
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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
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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
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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
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Perhaps it is a good thing to have an unsound hobby ridden hard; for it is sooner ridden to death. Charles Dickens
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The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. Charles Dickens
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External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Charles Dickens
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Yes. He is quite a good fellow - nobody's enemy but his own. Charles Dickens
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But you were always a good man of business, Jacob,' faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself. Business!' cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business! Charles Dickens
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At last, however, he began to think - as you or I would have thought at first; for it is always the person not in the predicament who knows what ought to have been done in it, and would unquestionably have done it too . . . Charles Dickens
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Virtue shows quite as well in rags and patches as she does in purple and fine linen. Charles Dickens
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Drive him fast to his tomb. This, from Jacques. Charles Dickens
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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
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There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair. Charles Dickens
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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
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...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
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Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart. Charles Dickens
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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
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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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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
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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
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The world belongs to those who set out to conquer it armed with self confidence and good humour. Charles Dickens
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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
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A mob is usually a creature of very mysterious existence, particularly in a large city. Where it comes from, or whither it goes, few men can tell. Assembling and dispersing with equal suddenness, it is as difficult to follow to its various sources as the sea itself; nor does the parallel stop here, for the ocean is not more fickle and uncertain, more terrible when roused, more unreasonable or more cruel. Charles Dickens
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There is probably a smell of roasted chestnuts and other good comfortable things all the time, for we are telling Winter Stories - Ghost Stories, or more shame for us - round the Christmas fire; and we have never stirred, except to draw a little nearer to it. Charles Dickens
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Lawyers hold that there are two kinds of particularly bad witnesses-a reluctant witness, and a too-willing witness. Charles Dickens
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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
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Accidents will occur in the best regulated families. Charles Dickens
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"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back. Charles Dickens
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Troubles are exceedingly gregarious in their nature, and flying in flocks are apt to perch capriciously. Charles Dickens
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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
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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
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?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
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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
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A demd, damp, moist, unpleasant body! Charles Dickens
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Then I'm sorry to say, I've eat your pie. Charles Dickens
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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
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Home is like the ship at sea, Sailing on eternally; Oft the anchor forth we cast, But can never make it fast. Charles Dickens
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The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself. There is no other principle distinctly, certainly, and consistently maintained through all its narrow turnings. Charles Dickens
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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
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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
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Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers, and are famous preservers of good looks. Charles Dickens
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There are some upon this earth of yours,' returned the Spirit, 'who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name; who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us. Charles Dickens
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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
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Our affections, however laudable, in this transitory world, should never master us; we should guide them, guide them. Charles Dickens
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A fig for Time! Use him well, and he's a hearty follow. Charles Dickens
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Long before we saw the sea, its spray was on our lips, and showered salt rain upon us. Charles Dickens
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I wants to make your flesh creep. Charles Dickens
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She knows wot's wot, she does. Charles Dickens
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Bah,' said Scrooge. 'Humbug! Charles Dickens
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I am the Ghost of Christmas Past.' 'Long Past?' inquired Scrooge.... 'No. Your past. Charles Dickens
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I am the Ghost of Christmas Present,' said the Spirit. 'Look upon me! Charles Dickens
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