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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 300 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 Appearance.

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To judge from appearances, you’re out of luck.

Background. “To judge from appearances, you’re out of luck.” is a quotation taken from Great Expectations (Chapter 42). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.     Context. Quotation said by the villain Compeyson, as recalled by Abel Magwitch. Taken from the following passage in┬áChapter 42 of Great Expectations: […]

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I know that I had been to see Macbeth at the theatre, a night or two before, and that her face looked to me as if it were all disturbed by fiery air, like the faces I had seen rise out of the Witches’ caldron.

Background. “I know that I had been to see Macbeth at the theatre, a night or two before, and that her face looked to me as if it were all disturbed by fiery air, like the faces I had seen rise out of the Witches’ caldron.” is a quotation taken from Great Expectations (Chapter 26). […]

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He was a burly man of an exceedingly dark complexion, with an exceedingly large head, and a corresponding large hand.

Background. “He was a burly man of an exceedingly dark complexion, with an exceedingly large head, and a corresponding large hand.” is a quotation from the novel Great Expectations (Chapter 11). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Description of the lawyer Mr. Jaggers by Pip, upon […]

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A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg. A man with no hat, and with broken shoes, and with an old rag tied round his head. A man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars; who limped, and shivered, and glared, and growled; and whose teeth chattered in his head as he seized me by the chin.

Background. “A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg. A man with no hat, and with broken shoes, and with an old rag tied round his head. A man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung […]

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