Great Expectations

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Great Expectations was the thirteenth novel from Victorian author Charles Dickens and first published between 1860 and 1861. Click on a quotation to discover more background information, the context in which it was used, links to the original source material and the ability to rate each quote.


Moths, and all sorts of ugly creatures hover about a lighted candle. Can the candle help it?

Moths, and all sorts of ugly creatures hover about a lighted candle. Can the candle help it?

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If you can’t get to be oncommon through going straight, you’ll never get to do it through going crooked.

If you can’t get to be oncommon through going straight, you’ll never get to do it through going crooked.

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While I was scared by the immensity of London, I think I might have had some faint doubts whether it was not rather ugly, crooked, narrow, and dirty.

While I was scared by the immensity of London, I think I might have had some faint doubts whether it was not rather ugly, crooked, narrow, and dirty.

I came into Smithfield; and the shameful place, being all asmear with filth and fat and blood and foam, seemed to stick to me.

I came into Smithfield; and the shameful place, being all asmear with filth and fat and blood and foam, seemed to stick to me.

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A dry man, rather short in stature, with a square wooden face, whose expression seemed to have been imperfectly chipped out with a dull-edged chisel.

Charles Dickens Great Expectations Quotations (Chapter 21). A dry man, rather short in stature, with a square wooden face, whose expression seemed to have been imperfectly chipped out with a dull-edged chisel.

In the little world in which children have their existence whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice.

In the little world in which children have their existence whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice.

There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth.

There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth.

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Throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.

Throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.

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I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.

I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.

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