Quotations From CHARLES DICKENS
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It is a pleasant thing to reflect upon, and furnishes a complete answer to those who contend for the gradual degeneration of the human species, that every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 36 (1838-1839).
Quadruped lions are said to be savage, only when they are hungry; biped lions are rarely sulky longer than when their appetite for distinction remains unappeased.Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 15, p. 179 (1839).
That sort of half sigh, which, accompanied by two or three slight nods of the head, is pity's small change in general society.Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 18, 218 (1839).
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Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 28, 362 (1839).
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It was not exactly a hairdresser's; that is to say, people of a coarse and vulgar turn of mind might have called it a barber's; for they not only cut and curled ladies elegantly, and children carefully, but shaved gentlemen easily.Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Nicholas Nickleby, ch.52, p. 684 (1839).
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities, Part 3, ch. 15, p. 15 (1859). His last reflections before he is guillotined.
Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Martin Chuzzlewit, ch. 35 (1844).
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... one of those fortunate men who, if they were to dive under one side of a barge stark-naked, would come up on the other with a new suit of clothes on, and a ticket for soup in the waistcoat-pocket.Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Sketches by Boz, ch. 7, p. 25 (1836).
The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none.Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Sketches by Boz, ch. 5, p. 29 (1836).
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Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Dick Swiveller, in The Old Curiosity Shop, ch. 7 (1841).
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