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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 talking to Uriah Heep. Taken from the following passage from Chapter 35 of […]

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We talk about the tyranny of words, but we like to tyrannize 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 tyrannize 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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.   Have Your Say. Give your view on “Accidents will occur in the best-regulated families.” with a rating and help us compile the very […]

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

Background. “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound 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.   Context. This quotation is said by the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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