Between 1833 and 1836, the Victorian writer Charles Dickens wrote a number of sketches which were originally published in various newspapers and other periodicals including The Morning Chronicle, The Evening Chronicle, The Monthly Magazine, The Carlton Chronicle and Bell’s Weekly Messenger. Many were published under the pen name of Boz, which Dickens adopted early on in his career as a writer and journalist. The popular sketches were reproduced in 1836 in a collected work, Sketches by Boz, which contained 56 sketches divided into four sections: Our Parish (7 sketches) Scenes (25 sketches), Characters (12 sketches) and Tales (12 sketches). The material in the first three sections consists of portraits of London life and the last section comprised fictional stories.
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 [...]