Charles Dickens Quotes

40 of the best book quotes from Charles Dickens
  1. #1
    “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”
  2. #2
    “There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”
  3. #3
    “The broken heart. You think you will die, but you just keep living, day after day after terrible day.
  4. #4
    “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
  5. #5
    “My advice is, never do to-morrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!”
  6. #6
    “Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
  7. #7
    “Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.”
  8. #8
    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
  9. #9
    “You have been the last dream of my soul.”
  10. #10
    “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
  11. #11
    “And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death.”
  12. #12
    “Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before--more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.”
  13. #13
    “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
  14. #14
    “Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.”
  15. #15
    “Bah,” said Scrooge, “Humbug.”
  16. #16
    “Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.”
  17. #17
    “Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we’d give blood.”
  18. #18
    “A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.”
  19. #19
    “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”
  20. #20
    “No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot.”
  21. #21
    “There is a wisdom of the head, and... there is a wisdom of the heart.”
  22. #22
    “You are in every line I have ever read.”
  23. #23
    “Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.”
  24. #24
    “Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.”
  25. #25
    “I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world.”
  26. #26
    “The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.”
  27. #27
    “It is because I think so much of warm and sensitive hearts, that I would spare them from being wounded.”
  28. #28
    “My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.”
  29. #29
    “There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.”
  30. #30
    “Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.”
  31. #31
    “Moths, and all sorts of ugly creatures, hover about a lighted candle. Can the candle help it?”
  32. #32
    “In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong.”
  33. #33
    “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”
  34. #34
    “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
  35. #35
    “There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth.”
  36. #36
    “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”
  37. #37
    “Do the wise thing and the kind thing too, and make the best of us and not the worst.”
  38. #38
    “I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.”
  39. #39
    “I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”
  40. #40
    “Give me a moment, because I like to cry for joy. It’s so delicious, John dear, to cry for joy.”
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