Charles Dickens Sayings and Quotes

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Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.     

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I am the only child of parents who weighed, measured, and priced everything; for whom what could not be weighed, measured, and priced, had no existence.     

Charles Dickens

There might be some credit in being jolly.     

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The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you.     

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You will be surprised that he proposed seven times, once in a hackney-coach once in a boat once in a pew once on a donkey at Tunbridge Wells and the rest on his knees.     

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Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!     

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Coming back to Edinburgh is to me like coming home.     

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Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some     

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A most malicious cough.     

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I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.     

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Gold conjures up a mist about a man, more destructive of all his old senses and lulling to his feelings than the fumes of charcoal.     

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Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs.     

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My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.     

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I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.     

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Of all the months of the year there is not a month one half so welcome to the young, or so full of happy associations, as the last month of the year.     

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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!"     

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Life is made of so many partings welded together.     

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Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.     

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Virtue shows quite as well in rags and patches as she does in purple and fine linen.     

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This reminds me, Godmother, to ask you a serious question. You are as wise as wise can be (having been brought up by the fairies), and you can tell me this: Is it better to have had a good thing and lost it, or never to have had it?     

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May the British Lion have his talons eradicated by the noble bill of the American Eagle, and be taught to play upon the Irish Harp and the Scotch Fiddle that music which is breathed by every empty shell that lies upon the shore of green Columbia.     

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The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.     

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Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!     

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I wonder why it is that when I shut my eyes in a tunnel I begin to feel as if I were going at an Express pace the other way. I am clearly going back to London, now.     

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There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.     

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

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It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.     

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The rich, sweet smell of the hayricks rose to his chamber window; the hundred perfumes of the little flower-garden beneath scented the air around; the deep-green meadows shone in the morning dew that glistened on every leaf as it trembled in the gentle air: and the birds sang as if every sparkling drop were a fountain of inspiration to them.     

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How beautiful you are! You are more beautiful in anger than in repose. I don't ask you for your love; give me yourself and your hatred; give me yourself and that pretty rage; give me yourself and the enchanting scorn; it will be enough for me.     

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I could never have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.     

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