Abandonment

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Abandonment.

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was one of the foremost writers from the Victorian era and remains a popular widely-read author today. During his lifetime he produced 15 novels, five novellas, and a large number of shorter stories and essays. He wrote from personal experiences and concerned himself with a number of contemporary social issues whilst supporting numerous charitable causes, giving assistance in time, money or personal effort. Our archive of over 400 Charles Dickens quotations are organised by both source material, i.e. the work or speech in which it originally appeared, and also grouped thematically. In this archive, we have collected quotations from Charles Dickens works on the theme of Abandonment.


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My rescue from this kind of existence I considered quite hopeless, and abandoned, as such, altogether.

Background. "My rescue from this kind of existence I considered quite hopeless, and abandoned, as such, altogether." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 11). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. This quotation is taken from the following passage in Chapter 11 of David Copperfield: My rescue from this kind of existence I considered quite hopeless, and abandoned, as such, altogether. I am solemnly convinced that I never for [...]

2018-02-21T20:30:36+00:00 Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: , |

I often forget in my dreams that I have a dear wife and children, and wander desolately back to that time of my life.

Background. "I often forget in my dreams that I have a dear wife and children, and wander desolately back to that time of my life." is a quotation from the letters from Charles Dickens to John Forster. The quotation was published in Forster's biography published soon after the death of Dickens.   Context. Dickens reflects on being sent to work in Warren's Blacking Factory at the age of 12, to help pay off family debts, despite having higher ambitions.   [...]

2018-04-10T12:14:51+00:00 Categories: Letters to Friends|Tags: |

I am the only child of parents who weighed, measured, and priced everything; for whom what could not be weighed, measured, and priced, had no existence.

Background. "I am the only child of parents who weighed, measured, and priced everything; for whom what could not be weighed, measured, and priced, had no existence." is a quotation from Little Dorrit. Book 1, Chapter 2. Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. A rags to riches story set in the 1820’s, Little Dorrit centres around the changing fortunes of the Dorrit family.   Context. Quotation from the character Arthur Clennam, who [...]

2018-02-23T19:44:16+00:00 Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: , |

That slow agony of my youth.

Background. "That slow agony of my youth." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 11). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. This quotation is taken from the final passage in Chapter 11 of David Copperfield: As I walked to and fro daily between Southwark and Blackfriars, and lounged about at meal-times in obscure streets, the stones of which may, for anything I know, be worn at this moment by [...]

2018-02-21T20:30:34+00:00 Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: , |

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.

Background. "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." 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 quote, the main character and narrator, Pip, reflects on how harsh his upbringing has been as a child. Both Pip's parents died when he was very young, leaving [...]

Not an orphan in the wide world can be so deserted as the child who is an outcast from a living parent’s love.

Background. "Not an orphan in the wide world can be so deserted as the child who is an outcast from a living parent's love." is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 24). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.   Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 24 (The Study of a Loving Heart) of Dombey and Son: There came among the other visitors, soon after Florence, one beautiful girl, three or four [...]

2018-02-23T19:48:34+00:00 Categories: Dombey and Son|Tags: , |

How I could have been so easily cast away at such an age.

Background. "How I could have been so easily cast away at such an age." is a quotation from the letters from Charles Dickens to John Forster. The quotation was published in Forster's biography published soon after the death of Dickens.   Context. Dickens reflects on being sent to work in Warren's Blacking Factory at the age of 12, to help pay off family debts, despite having higher ambitions.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "How I could have [...]

2018-04-10T12:15:13+00:00 Categories: Letters to Friends|Tags: |