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  • Here's the rule for bargains: "Do other men, for they would do you." That's the true business precept.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Jonas Chuzzlewit, in Martin Chuzzlewit, ch. 11 (1844).
  • "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.
  • Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Mr. Morfin, in Dombey and Son, ch. 58 (1848).

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  • The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world, brother.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Mr. Haredale, in Barnaby Rudge, ch. 79 (1841).

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  • By the by, who ever knew a man who never read or wrote neither who hadn't got some small back parlour which he would call a study!
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. The Pickwick Papers, ch. 35, p. 499 (1837).
  • 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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  • There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Mr. Tappertit, in Barnaby Rudge, ch. 22 (1841).

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  • Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human natur'.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Mr. Squeers, in Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 5 (1838-1839).
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