Quotations From CHARLES DICKENS

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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    The dignity of his office is never impaired by the absence of efforts on his part to maintain it.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Sketches by Boz, ch. 1, p. 2 (1836). Of a beadle.
  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    "Angel in tights and garters"...
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Sam Weller, The Pickwick Papers, ch. 45, p. 642 (1837). This is Sam Weller's famous description of Mr. Pickwick.

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  • 45.
    Battledore and shuttlecock's a wery good game, vhen you an't the shuttlecock and two lawyers the battledores, in which case it gets too exciting to be pleasant.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Sam Weller in The Pickwick Papers, ch. 20, p. 269 (1837).
  • 46.
    Dead, your Majesty. Dead, my lords and gentlemen. Dead, Right Reverends and Wrong Reverends of every order. Dead, men and women, born with Heavenly compassion in your hearts. And dying thus around us every day.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Bleak House (1853). Said of Jo, the crossing sweep boy.

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  • 47.
    "It's a wery remarkable circumstance, sir", said Sam, "that poverty and oysters seems to go together."
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Sam Weller in The Pickwick Papers, ch. 22, p. 301 (1837).

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  • 48.
    I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States. No man can form an adequate idea of the real meaning of the word, without coming here.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Comment, March 1842, while on an American tour. Quoted in Hesketh Pearson, Dickens, ch. 8 (1949).

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  • 49.
    Along the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh. Six tumbrils carry the day's wine to La Guillotine.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. A Tale of Two Cities, Part 3, ch. 15 (1859).

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  • 50.
    Three meals of thin gruel a day, with an onion twice a week, and half a roll on Saturdays.
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Oliver Twist, ch. 2, p. 11 (1838).
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