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.


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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My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

Charles Dickens Great Expectations Quotations (Chapter 1). My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

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A little dry, brown, corrugated old woman, with a small face that might have been made of walnut-shells, and a large mouth like a cat’s without the whiskers.

A little dry, brown, corrugated old woman, with a small face that might have been made of walnut-shells, and a large mouth like a cat’s without the whiskers.

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

Charles Dickens Great Expectations Quotations (Chapter 54). It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

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