Charles Dickens

7 Feb 1812 // 9 Jun 1870


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In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice.

Great Expectations
Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.

Nicholas Nickleby
No space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused.

A Christmas Carol
Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.

Great Expectations
I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.

Great Expectations
There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.

A Tale of Two Cities
It is because I think so much of warm and sensitive hearts, that I would spare them from being wounded.

Oliver Twist
Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.

Great Expectations
Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies.

Great Expectations
There is a wisdom of the head, and... there is a wisdom of the heart.

Hard Times
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