David Copperfield

Quotations from the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield.

It’s a bad job but the sun sets every day, and people die every minute, and we mustn’t be scared by the common lot.

Background. "It’s a bad job but the sun sets every day, and people die every minute, and we mustn’t be scared by the common lot." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 28). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. Quotation said by the uncompassionate character James Steerforth, here talking to David Copperfield (the protagonist and narrator of the story). Taken from the following passage in Chapter 28 of David Copperfield: ‘Don’t [...]

2018-11-08T23:16:45+00:00Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: |

Britannia, that unfortunate female, is always before me, like a trussed fowl: skewered through and through with office-pens, and bound hand and foot with red tape.

Background. "Britannia, that unfortunate female, is always before me, like a trussed fowl: skewered through and through with office-pens, and bound hand and foot with red tape." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 43). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. This quote, by David Copperfield speaking as a parliamentary reporter. The quote, in the semi-autobiographical novel David Copperfield, reflects Charles Dickens' own experiences and observations working as a [...]

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I have been often flogged myself.

Background. "I have been often flogged myself." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 4). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. Quotation said by the character Edward Murdstone addressing Clara. Taken from the following passage from Chapter 4 of David Copperfield: One morning when I went into the parlour with my books, I found my mother looking anxious, Miss Murdstone looking firm, and Mr. Murdstone binding something round the bottom [...]

2018-08-03T14:34:20+00:00Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: |

If you’re an eel, sir, conduct yourself like one.

Background. "If you're an eel, sir, conduct yourself like one." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 35). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. Quotation said by the character Betsy Trotwood addressing Uriah Heep. The devious Heep has "jerked himself about ... in such an intolerable manner" after praising his firm to David Copperfield. Heep's snakelike mannerisms and physical attributes are said by some scholars to be based on [...]

2018-05-15T11:18:55+00:00Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: |

We talk about the tyranny of words, but we like to tyrannise over them too; we are fond of having a large superfluous establishment of words to wait upon us on great occasions; we think it looks important, and sounds well.

Background. "We talk about the tyranny of words, but we like to tyrannise over them too; we are fond of having a large superfluous establishment of words to wait upon us on great occasions; we think it looks important, and sounds well." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 52). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. This quotation is taken from the following passage in Chapter 52 of David [...]

2018-06-07T08:01:02+00:00Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: |

My rescue from this kind of existence I considered quite hopeless, and abandoned, as such, altogether.

Background. "My rescue from this kind of existence I considered quite hopeless, and abandoned, as such, altogether." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 11). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. This quotation is taken from the following passage in Chapter 11 of David Copperfield: My rescue from this kind of existence I considered quite hopeless, and abandoned, as such, altogether. I am solemnly convinced that I never for [...]

2018-02-21T20:30:36+00:00Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: , |

I have no doubt I shall, please Heaven, begin to be more beforehand with the world, and to live in a perfectly new manner, if -if, in short, anything turns up.

Background. "I have no doubt I shall, please Heaven, begin to be more beforehand with the world, and to live in a perfectly new manner, if -if, in short, anything turns up." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 1).  David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Mr. Micawber (standing, addressing others), illustrated here by Phiz. Context. This quotation is said by the character Wilkins Micawber. Mr. Micawber was [...]

2018-02-21T20:30:36+00:00Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: |

It was as true as taxes is. And nothing’s truer than them.

Background. "It was as true as taxes is. And nothing's truer than them." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 21). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.     Context. Quotation said by the character Mr. Barkis. Mr. Barkis is a cart driver who marries Clara Peggotty. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 21 of David Copperfield: ‘What name was it, as I wrote up in the cart, sir?’ said Mr. Barkis, with [...]

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My lamp burns low, and I have written far into the night; but the dear presence, without which I were nothing, bears me company.

  Background. "My lamp burns low, and I have written far into the night; but the dear presence, without which I were nothing, bears me company" is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 64). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. Taken from the closing paragraphs of the novel: And now, as I close my task, subduing my desire to linger yet, these faces fade away. But one face, shining [...]

2018-02-21T20:30:35+00:00Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: |

Accidents will occur in the best-regulated families.

Background. "Accidents will occur in the best-regulated families." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 28). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. Quote said by Wilkins Micawber to David Copperfield. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 28 of David Copperfield: ‘Micawber!’ exclaimed Mrs. Micawber, in tears. ‘Have I deserved this! I, who never have deserted you; who never WILL desert you, Micawber!’ ‘My love,’ said Mr. Micawber, much affected, [...]

2018-05-11T21:55:08+00:00Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: , |
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