David Copperfield

Quotations from the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield.

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+00:00 Categories: 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+00:00 Categories: 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+00:00 Categories: 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+00:00 Categories: 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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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+00:00 Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: , |

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.

Background. "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 12).  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 modelled on Dickens' father, John Dickens, [...]

2018-04-30T12:43:50+00:00 Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: , |

That slow agony of my youth.

Background. "That slow agony of my youth." 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 final passage in Chapter 11 of David Copperfield: As I walked to and fro daily between Southwark and Blackfriars, and lounged about at meal-times in obscure streets, the stones of which may, for anything I know, be worn at this moment by [...]

2018-02-21T20:30:34+00:00 Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: , |

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+00:00 Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: |

Night after night, I record predictions that never come to pass, professions that are never fulfilled, explanations that are only meant to mystify.

Background. "Night after night, I record predictions that never come to pass, professions that are never fulfilled, explanations that are only meant to mystify" 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, reflects Charles Dickens' own experiences and observations as a young reporter at the Palace of Westminster.   Have Your Say. Give [...]

2017-12-08T13:19:42+00:00 Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: |

Cheeks and arms so hard and red that I wondered the birds didn’t peck her in preference to apples.

Background. "Cheeks and arms so hard and red that I wondered the birds didn't peck her in preference to apples." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 2). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. Description of the housekeeper Clara Peggotty. Taken from the opening paragraph of Chapter 2 of David Copperfield: The first objects that assume a distinct presence before me, as I look far back, into the blank [...]

2018-05-15T11:45:31+00:00 Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: |

There can be no disparity in marriage like unsuitability of mind and purpose.

Background. "There can be no disparity in marriage like unsuitability of mind and purpose." is a quotation from David Copperfield. The quote is featured five times in the novel, four in Chapter 45 and again in Chapter 48. David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. The quotation is originally said by Annie Strong to her husband, Doctor Strong in Chapter 45 of David Copperfield: ‘It was the first unhappiness of my new [...]

2018-05-09T12:24:48+00:00 Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: |