Charles Dickens Quotes

Let it be remembered that most men live in a world of their own, and that in that limited circle alone are they ambitious for distinction and applause.

Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor. (“Barnaby Rudge”)

Oh gracious, why wasn’t I born old and ugly? (“Barnaby Rudge”)

They are so filthy and bestial that no honest man would admit one into his house for a water-closet doormat. (on American newspapers)

A fine place, with rough people.

He would make a lovely corpse.

Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity.

Their demeanour is invariably morose, sullen, clownish and repulsive. I should think there is not, on the face of the earth, a people so entirely destitute of humor, vivacity, or the capacity for enjoyment. (about Americans)

“I am well aware that I am the humblest person going,” said Uriah Heep, modestly; “let the other be where he may. My mother is likewise a very humble person. We live in a humble abode, Master Copperfield, but have much to be thankful for.”

It will be very generally found that those who will sneer habitually at human nature, and affect to despise it, are among its worst and least pleasant samples.