Speeches

We are quite in a childlike state altogether, representing an infant institution, and not even yet a grown-up company.

Background. "We are quite in a childlike state altogether, representing an infant institution, and not even yet a grown-up company." is a quotation from a 1858 speech given by Charles Dickens at Freemasons’ Hall (Covent Garden), London. The speech, in support of the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street, London, was given on 9 February 1858.   Context. Taken from the following part of the speech Dickens gave: Ladies and gentlemen — It is one of my rules [...]

Those who are most distrustful of the advantages of education, are always the first to exclaim against the results of ignorance.

Background. "Those who are most distrustful of the advantages of education, are always the first to exclaim against the results of ignorance." is a quotation from a speech given by Charles Dickens to the Birmingham Polytechnic Institution. The speech, promoting educational improvement and learning, was given on 28 February 1844.   Context. Taken from the following part of the speech Dickens gave: There is, indeed, no difference in the main with respect to the dangers of ignorance and the advantages [...]

2018-09-09T17:20:33+00:00Categories: Speeches|Tags: |

From these garish lights I vanish now for evermore, with a heartfelt, grateful, respectful, and affectionate farewell.

Background. "From these garish lights I vanish now for evermore, with a heartfelt, grateful, respectful, and affectionate farewell." is a quotation from a speech by Charles Dickens. The speech, given on the 15 March 1870 followed a reading of two of his works.   Context. On the 15 March 1870 Charles Dickens gave his last public reading, held at St. James’s Hall, London, with performances of A Christmas Carol and the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers followed by a [...]

2018-05-16T09:23:16+00:00Categories: Speeches|Tags: |

All the red tape in the country grew redder at the bare mention of this bold and original conception.

Background. "All the red tape in the country grew redder at the bare mention of this bold and original conception" is a quotation from a speech given by Charles Dickens at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane to the third public meeting of the Administrative Reform Association. The speech, promoting administrative reform was given on Wednesday, 27 June 1855.   Context. Click here to read the full text of the speech.     Have Your Say. Give your view on "All [...]

2018-09-10T14:12:10+00:00Categories: Speeches|Tags: |

I have not the least hesitation in saying that I have the smallest amount of faith in the House of Commons.

Background. "I have not the least hesitation in saying that I have the smallest amount of faith in the House of Commons." is a quotation from a speech given by Charles Dickens at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane to the third public meeting of the Administrative Reform Association. The speech, promoting administrative reform, was given on Wednesday, 27 June 1855.   Context. Click here to read the full text of the speech.   Have Your Say. Give your view on [...]

2018-09-10T14:13:49+00:00Categories: Speeches|Tags: , |

The more the man who improves his leisure in such a place learns, the better, gentler, kinder man he must become.

Background. "The more the man who improves his leisure in such a place learns, the better, gentler, kinder man he must become." is a quotation from a speech given by Charles Dickens to the Manchester Athenaeum. The speech, promoting educational improvement and learning, was given on 5th October 1843.   Context. Taken from the following part of the speech Dickens gave: The more the man who improves his leisure in such a place learns, the better, gentler, kinder man he [...]

2018-09-09T20:48:08+00:00Categories: Speeches|Tags: |

I do sometimes begin to doubt whether the parrots of society are not more pernicious to its interests than its birds of prey.

Background. "I do sometimes begin to doubt whether the parrots of society are not more pernicious to its interests than its birds of prey." is a quotation from a speech given by Charles Dickens to the Manchester Athenaeum. The speech, promoting educational improvement and learning, was given on 5th October 1843.   Context. Taken from the following part of the speech Dickens gave: How often have we heard from a large class of men wise in their generation, who would [...]

2018-09-09T20:38:23+00:00Categories: Speeches|Tags: |

No man can estimate the amount of mischief grown in dirt.

Background. "No man can estimate the amount of mischief grown in dirt." is a quotation from a speech by Charles Dickens. The speech, on sanitary reform, was at a dinner for the Metropolitan Sanitary Association given on the 10 May 1851 at Gore House, Kensington.   Context. Click here to read the full speech that Dickens gave on 10 May 1851 to the Metropolitan Sanitary Association. Charles Dickens attended the event with his friend George Cruikshank. A report of the [...]

2018-09-09T18:02:58+00:00Categories: Speeches|Tags: |
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