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  • One of those sound slumbers which, lasting in reality some half hour, seem to the sleeper to have been protracted for three weeks or a month.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. The Pickwick Papers, ch. 41, p. 580 (1837).
  • When a man bleeds inwardly, it is a dangerous thing for himself; but when he laughs inwardly, it bodes no good to other people.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. The Pickwick Papers, ch. 31, p. 428 (1837).

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  • "I took a good deal o' pains with his eddication, sir; let him run in the streets when he was wery young, and shift for his-self. It's the only way to make a boy sharp, sir."
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. The Pickwick Papers, ch. 20, p. 271 (1837). The elder Weller, on the rearing of his son.
  • When a man bleeds inwardly, it is a dangerous thing for himself; but when he laughs inwardly, it bodes no good to other people.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. The Pickwick Papers, ch. 31, p. 428 (1837).

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  • Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. The Pickwick Papers, ch. 2 (1836-1837).
  • It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper; so cry away.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Mr. Bumble, in Oliver Twist, ch. 37 (1837-1839). Mr. Bumble, speaking to Mrs. Bumble, was "pleased and exalted" by tears: "Like washable beaver hats that improve with rain, his nerves were rendered stouter and more vigorous by showers of tears."
  • "If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, "the law is a ass—a idiot. If that's the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is, that his eye may be opened by experience—by experience."
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Mr. Bumble in Oliver Twist, ch. 51, p. 399 (1838). Mr. Bumble has just been informed by Mr. Brownlow that "the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction."
  • There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Miss La Creevy, in Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 10 (1838-1839).
  • We know, Mr. Weller—we, who are men of the world—that a good uniform must work its way with the women, sooner or later.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. "The Gentleman in Blue," ch. 37, The Pickwick Papers (1836-37).

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  • There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Miss La Creevy, in Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 10 (1838-1839).
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