Charles Dickens came from a life of poverty and deprivation, but he drew from many of his earliest experiences to create some of the most memorable characters of all time such as Fagin, Ebenezer Scrooge, Wilkins Micawber and Uriah Heep. Today, Dickens is still considered one of the greatest writers of the Victorian Era, with works including: A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, Bleak House, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Hard Times and many more.
At The Circumlocution Office we believe we run one of, if not the, largest websites on the internet devoted to the great Victorian author. This includes maintaining a collection of his best quotations which we source from the works that you can also find published on our site.
During our research we came across a number of online sources that attribute quotations to Charles Dickens that are incorrect, not referenced or plainly wrong. Perhaps the most popular we came across, as it is replicated across several leading online quotation sites is the following quote:
A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.
Before we publish a quotation we check each one we come across, or submitted to us, against a published work by Charles Dickens and reference the part of the work it came from.
This is a ‘tag cloud’ of all the themes used in our archive of over 280 Charles Dickens quotations. The larger the text, the more frequent that theme occurs.
For further reading of Charles Dickens quotations we recommend Wikiquote, who provide a comprehensive list of quotations by Dickens set out by his works and each is referenced. Sadly, a number of sites that advertise themselves as leading quotation sites for authors such as Dickens provide non-referenced quotations or even misquotes and at present we have only found Wikiquote to be accurate (apart from ourselves of course!).