Charles Dickens Quotations Archive.

I sometimes have sick fancies.

Background. "I sometimes have sick fancies." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 8). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quotation said by the character Miss Havisham talking to Pip. Miss Havisham asks Pip to play with Estella to amuse her. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 8 of Great Expectations: “Who is it?” said the lady at the table. “Pip, ma’am.” “Pip?” “Mr. Pumblechook’s boy, ma’am. Come—to play.” “Come nearer; [...]

2018-10-12T16:02:54+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

A natural incapacity to do anything secret and mean.

Background. "A natural incapacity to do anything secret and mean." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 22). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Description of Herbert Pocket. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 22 of Great Expectations: Herbert Pocket had a frank and easy way with him that was very taking. I had never seen any one then, and I have never seen any one since, who more strongly expressed [...]

2018-10-12T08:19:29+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

I am what you have made me. Take all the praise, take all the blame; take all the success, take all the failure; in short, take me.

Background. "I am what you have made me. Take all the praise, take all the blame; take all the success, take all the failure; in short, take me." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 38). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quotation said by the character Estella. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 38 of Great Expectations: We were seated by the fire, as just now described, and Miss Havisham [...]

2018-10-11T18:02:27+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

The magistrates shivered under a single bite of his finger. Thieves and thief-takers hung in dread rapture on his words, and shrank when a hair of his eyebrows turned in their direction.

Background. "The magistrates shivered under a single bite of his finger. Thieves and thief-takers hung in dread rapture on his words, and shrank when a hair of his eyebrows turned in their direction." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 24). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. This quote describes the lawyer Jaggers., a man who instilled fear in both members of the judiciary and criminals alike. Quotation taken from the [...]

2018-10-11T08:31:41+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , , |

Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be.

Background. "Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 59). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 59 of Great Expectations, in which Estella is talking to Pip about their friendship: "But you said to me, returned Estella, very earnestly, “God bless you, God forgive you!’ [...]

2018-10-12T08:21:02+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |

Nancy, apparently fearful of irritating the housebreaker, sat with her eyes fixed upon the fire, as if she had been deaf to all that passed.

Background. "Nancy, apparently fearful of irritating the housebreaker, sat with her eyes fixed upon the fire, as if she had been deaf to all that passed." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 19). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Nancy , a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her partner Bill Sikes, shows her fear of him in this quote. Taken from the following [...]

2018-09-30T11:27:57+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: |

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 [...]

2018-09-30T11:41:26+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: |

In a word, it was impossible for me to separate her, in the past or in the present, from the innermost life of my life.

Background. "In a word, it was impossible for me to separate her, in the past or in the present, from the innermost life of my life." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 29). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Pip sums up his feelings for Estella. Taken from the opening passage in Chapter 29 of Great Expectations: Estella laughed, and looked at the shoe in her hand, and laughed again, and [...]

2018-09-27T23:33:41+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |

Her light came along the dark passage like a star.

Background. "Her light came along the dark passage like a star." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 8). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context.  In this quotation the character Pip (as narrator) describes Estella as she walks towards him along a gloomy passageway at the decaying mansion of Miss Havisham, Satis House. Although the reference to 'her light ... like a star' is that from a candle, the fondness in [...]

Business! Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!

Background. "Business! Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!" is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). 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 [...]

2018-09-18T08:37:34+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |