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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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Hard Times.

A man made out of a coarse material, which seemed to have been stretched to make so much of him.

Background. “A man made out of a coarse material, which seemed to have been stretched to make so much of him.” is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 4). Hard Times – For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854. […]

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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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Martin Chuzzlewit.

With affection beaming in one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.

Background. “With affection beaming in one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.” is a quotation from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 8). Martin Chuzzlewit, is the sixth novel by Charles Dickens originally published between 1843 and 1844.     Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 8 of the novel Martin Chuzzlewit: ‘Dear girls!’ said Mrs […]

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The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice.

Background. “The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice” is a quotation taken from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written […]

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