No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.

Background.

itemNo space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.” is a quotation taken from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1).

item A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.

 

Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing Ebenezer Scrooge (left), here being visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley.

Context.

item The quote is said by the ghost of Jacob Marley, the former business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge.

item Taken from the following passage in Stave 1:

Oh! captive, bound, and double-ironed,” cried the phantom, “not to know, that ages of incessant labour by immortal creatures, for this earth must pass into eternity before the good of which it is susceptible is all developed. Not to know that any Christian spirit working kindly in its little sphere, whatever it may be, will find its mortal life too short for its vast means of usefulness. Not to know that no space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused! Yet such was I! Oh! such was I!.

 

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