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  • 61.
    If there were no bad people there would be no good lawyers.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Mr. Brass, in The Old Curiosity Shop, ch. 56 (1841).

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  • 62.
    "And what about the cash, my existence's jewel?"
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Mr. Mantalini in Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 17, p. 207 (1839).

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  • 63.
    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.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 1, p. 4 (1839).
  • 64.
    There are not a few among the disciples of charity who require, in their vocation, scarcely less excitement than the votaries of pleasure in theirs.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 18, p. 213 (1839).
  • 65.
    There was no speculation so promising, or at the same time so praisworthy, as the United Metropolitan Improved Hot Muffin and Crumpet Baking and Punctual Delivery Company.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 2, p. 17 (1839).

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  • 66.
    A baked leg of mutton, with potatoes to correspond.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 17, p. 212 (1839).
  • 67.
    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 (1812-1870), British novelist. Barnaby Rudge, ch. 7 (1841). Of Martha Varden.
  • 68.
    They are so filthy and bestial that no honest man would admit one into his house for a water-closet doormat.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Quoted in Hesketh Pearson, Dickens, ch. 8 (1949). Comment on the U.S. press, March 1842, while on an American tour.

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  • 69.
    I do not know the American gentleman, God forgive me for putting two such words together.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Quoted in Hesketh Pearson, Dickens, ch. 8 (1949).

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  • 70.
    It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Bleak House, ch. 28 (1852).

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