Charles Dickens Quotations Archive.

Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

Background. "Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Characters, Chapter 2 (A Christmas Dinner). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. Taken from the following passage in A Christmas Dinner: Look on the merry faces of your children (if you have any) as they sit [...]

2018-11-12T17:26:20+00:00Categories: A Christmas Dinner, Sketches by Boz|Tags: |

It’s a bad job but the sun sets every day, and people die every minute, and we mustn’t be scared by the common lot.

Background. "It’s a bad job but the sun sets every day, and people die every minute, and we mustn’t be scared by the common lot." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 28). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. Quotation said by the uncompassionate character James Steerforth, here talking to David Copperfield (the protagonist and narrator of the story). Taken from the following passage in Chapter 28 of David Copperfield: ‘Don’t [...]

2018-11-08T23:16:45+00:00Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: |

So much more like the top of a strongly spiked wall than a head of hair.

Background. "So much more like the top of a strongly spiked wall than a head of hair." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book 1, Chapter 3). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up to the French Revolution and culminates [...]

A loud buzz swept into the street as if the baffled blue-flies were dispersing in search of other carrion.

Background. "A loud buzz swept into the street as if the baffled blue-flies were dispersing in search of other carrion." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book 2, Chapter 3 (A Disappointment). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up [...]

2018-11-07T07:39:21+00:00Categories: A Tale of Two Cities|Tags: , |

A buzz arose in the court as if a cloud of great blue-flies were swarming about the prisoner, in anticipation of what he was soon to become.

Background. "A buzz arose in the court as if a cloud of great blue-flies were swarming about the prisoner, in anticipation of what he was soon to become." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book 2, Chapter 3 (A Disappointment). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). [...]

2018-11-07T07:44:29+00:00Categories: A Tale of Two Cities|Tags: , |

They took up several obviously wrong people, and they ran their heads very hard against wrong ideas, and persisted in trying to fit the circumstances to the ideas, instead of trying to extract ideas from the circumstances.

Background. "They took up several obviously wrong people, and they ran their heads very hard against wrong ideas, and persisted in trying to fit the circumstances to the ideas, instead of trying to extract ideas from the circumstances." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 16). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. This quote is a criticism of the professionalism of the Bow Street Runners, the first professional police force in [...]

2018-11-05T08:23:08+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |

It’s about a will and the trusts under a will—or it was once. It’s about nothing but costs now.

Background. "It’s about a will and the trusts under a will—or it was once. It’s about nothing but costs now." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 8). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. Quotation said by the character John Jarndyce, talking to Esther. Mr. Jarndyce is guardian to Richard, Ada, and Esther, and owner of Bleak House. Jarndyce [...]

2018-11-01T11:19:48+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |
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