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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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Two unbroken rows of glistening teeth, whose regularity and whiteness were quite distressing.

Background. “Two unbroken rows of glistening teeth, whose regularity and whiteness were quite distressing.” is a quotation from the novel Dombey and Son (Chapter 13). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens’s seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.   Context. Description of John Carker, the ever-smiling but villanous manager of the firm Dombey and Son. […]

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Hard Times.

He had not much hair. One might have fancied he had talked it off; and that what was left, all standing up in disorder, was in that condition from being constantly blown about by his windy boastfulness.

Background. “He had not much hair.  One might have fancied he had talked it off; and that what was left, all standing up in disorder, was in that condition from being constantly blown about by his windy boastfulness.” is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 4). Hard Times – For These Times (more […]

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