Oliver Twist

Although Oliver had been brought up by philosophers, he was not theoretically acquainted with the beautiful axiom that self-preservation is the first law of nature.

  Background. "Although Oliver had been brought up by philosophers, he was not theoretically acquainted with the beautiful axiom that self-preservation is the first law of nature" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 10). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "Although Oliver had been brought up by philosophers, he was not theoretically acquainted with the beautiful axiom that self-preservation is [...]

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An eye for everything that was done, and an ear for everything that was said.

Background. "An eye for everything that was done, and an ear for everything that was said." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 26). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Description of the Saffron Hill area from a London guide published in 1850. Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 26 of Oliver Twist: It was curious to observe some faces which stood out prominently [...]

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Please, sir, I want some more.

Background. "Please, sir, I want some more" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 2). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.     Context. Image from the 1968 musical Oliver! in which Oliver Twist (played by Mark Lester) asks for more food. Taken from the following paragraph in Chapter 2: The evening arrived; the boys took their places. The master, in his cook’s uniform, stationed himself at the [...]

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If the law supposes that … the law is a ass – a idiot.

Background. "If the law supposes that the law is a ass a idiot." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 51). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Observation by Mr. Bumble having just been informed (by Mr. Brownlow) that "the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction." Taken from the following passage in Chapter 51 of Oliver Twist: Again Mr. Brownlow nodded to Mr. Grimwig; and [...]

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There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast.

Background. "There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 10). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast" with a rating and help us compile the very best Charles Dickens quotations.   Related. If you like [...]

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The Jew inflicted a smart blow on Oliver’s shoulders with the club; and was raising it for a second, when the girl, rushing forward, wrested it from his hand.

Background. "The Jew inflicted a smart blow on Oliver’s shoulders with the club; and was raising it for a second, when the girl, rushing forward, wrested it from his hand." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 16). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Nancy tries to rescue Oliver Twist from being beaten at the hands of Fagin ('The Jew') for attempting to escape from his gang [...]

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There is something about a roused woman: especially if she add to all her other strong passions, the fierce impulses of recklessness and despair; which few men like to provoke.

Background. "There is something about a roused woman: especially if she add to all her other strong passions, the fierce impulses of recklessness and despair; which few men like to provoke" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 16). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837. Context. Quotation written in the context of Nancy who is angry with Fagin after he attacks Oliver Twist for attempting to escape from his [...]

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It was a nice sickly season just at this time. In commercial phrase, coffins were looking up.

  Background. "It was a nice sickly season just at this time. In commercial phrase, coffins were looking up" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 6). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "It was a nice sickly season just at this time. In commercial phrase, coffins were looking up" with a rating and help us compile the very best Charles [...]

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Death, fires, and burglary, make all men equals.

Background. "Death, fires, and burglary, make all men equals" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 28). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "Death, fires, and burglary, make all men equals" with a rating and help us compile the very best Charles Dickens quotations.   Related. If you like this, we think you might also be interested in these [...]

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The bowls never wanted washing.

Background. "The bowls never wanted washing." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 2). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Taken from the following paragraph in Chapter 2 of Oliver Twist: The bowls never wanted washing. The boys polished them with their spoons till they shone again; and when they had performed this operation (which never took very long, the spoons being nearly as large as the bowls), [...]

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A very notorious metropolitan police office.

Background. "A very notorious metropolitan police office." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 11). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "A very notorious metropolitan police office." with a rating and help us compile the very best Charles Dickens quotations.   Related. If you like this, we think you might also be interested in these related quotations: [...]

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Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse.

Background. "Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 1). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. These are the opening words of Oliver Twist, [...]

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