A Tale of Two Cities

Quotations from the Charles Dickens novel A Tale of Two Cities.

There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.

Background. "There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book 3, Chapter 10). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up to the French Revolution and culminates in the Jacobean Reign of Terror.   [...]

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Keep where you are, because, if I should make a mistake, it could never be set right in your lifetime.

Background. "Keep where you are, because, if I should make a mistake, it could never be set right in your lifetime." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book 1, Chapter 2). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up to [...]

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Dead as mutton, and can’t be too dead.

Background. "Dead as mutton, and can’t be too dead." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book. 2, Chapter 14 (The Honest Tradesman). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up to the French Revolution and culminates in the Jacobean Reign [...]

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The little narrow, crooked town of Dover hid itself away from the beach, and ran its head into the chalk cliffs, like a marine ostrich.

Background. "The little narrow, crooked town of Dover hid itself away from the beach, and ran its head into the chalk cliffs, like a marine ostrich." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book 1, Chapter 4). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on [...]

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

Background. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair" is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book. 1, Chapter 1). A Tale of Two Cities is [...]

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Repression is the only lasting philosophy.

Background. "Repression is the only lasting philosophy." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book. 2, Chapter 9 (The Gorgons Head)). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up to the French Revolution and culminates in the Jacobean Reign of Terror. [...]

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Detestation of the high is the involuntary homage of the low.

Background. "Detestation of the high is the involuntary homage of the low." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book. 2, Chapter 9 (The Gorgons Head)). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up to the French Revolution and culminates in [...]

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I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me.

Background. "I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book. 2, Chapter 4). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up to the French Revolution and culminates [...]

2017-12-08T13:24:35+00:00 Categories: A Tale of Two Cities|Tags: , |

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.

Background. "A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other" is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book. 1, Chapter 3). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up [...]

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It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.

Background. "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book. 3, Chapter 15). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being [...]

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You, devoted and young, cannot fully appreciate the anxiety I have felt that your life should not be wasted.

Background. "You, devoted and young, cannot fully appreciate the anxiety I have felt that your life should not be wasted." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book 2, Chapter 17). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up to the [...]

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Along the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh. Six tumbrils carry the day’s wine to La Guillotine.

Background. "Along the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh. Six tumbrils carry the day's wine to La Guillotine." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book 3, Chapter 15). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up to the [...]

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