Bureauracy

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Bureauracy.

 

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 450 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 Bureauracy.


Click on a quotation for more information, including links to original source, the context in which it appeared, related material and the ability to give each quotation a rating and help us compile the very best Charles Dickens quotations.


It’s about a will and the trusts under a will—or it was once. It’s about nothing but costs now.

Background. "It’s about a will and the trusts under a will—or it was once. It’s about nothing but costs now." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 8). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. Quotation said by the character John Jarndyce, talking to Esther. Mr. Jarndyce is guardian to Richard, Ada, and Esther, and owner of Bleak House. Jarndyce [...]

2018-11-01T11:19:48+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

The Chancellor will have something to say about it; the satellites will have something to say about it; they will all have to be handsomely feed, all round, about it; the whole thing will be vastly ceremonious, wordy, unsatisfactory, and expensive, and I call it, in general, wiglomeration.

Background. "The Chancellor will have something to say about it; the satellites will have something to say about it; they will all have to be handsomely feed, all round, about it; the whole thing will be vastly ceremonious, wordy, unsatisfactory, and expensive, and I call it, in general, wiglomeration." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 8). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court [...]

2018-10-30T11:25:30+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

The lawyers have twisted it into such a state of bedevilment that the original merits of the case have long disappeared from the face of the earth.

Background. "The lawyers have twisted it into such a state of bedevilment that the original merits of the case have long disappeared from the face of the earth." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 8). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. Quotation said by the character John Jarndyce, talking to Esther. Mr. Jarndyce is guardian to Richard, Ada, [...]

2018-11-01T11:08:50+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

Through years and years, and lives and lives, everything goes on, constantly beginning over and over again, and nothing ever ends.

Background. "Through years and years, and lives and lives, everything goes on, constantly beginning over and over again, and nothing ever ends." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 8). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. Quotation said by the character John Jarndyce, talking to Esther. Mr. Jarndyce is guardian to Richard, Ada, and Esther, and owner of Bleak [...]

2018-10-29T13:28:13+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , , |

Britannia, that unfortunate female, is always before me, like a trussed fowl: skewered through and through with office-pens, and bound hand and foot with red tape.

Background. "Britannia, that unfortunate female, is always before me, like a trussed fowl: skewered through and through with office-pens, and bound hand and foot with red tape." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 43). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. This quote, by David Copperfield speaking as a parliamentary reporter. The quote, in the semi-autobiographical novel David Copperfield, reflects Charles Dickens' own experiences and observations working as a [...]

2018-09-14T14:49:14+00:00Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: , , |

I expect a judgment. Shortly.

Background. "I expect a judgment. Shortly." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 3). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.     Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 3 of Bleak House: When we got under the colonnade, Mr. Kenge remembered that he must go back for a moment to ask a question and left us in the fog, with [...]

2017-12-08T13:09:13+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

The Department is accessible to the Public, if the Public approaches it according to the official forms; if the Public does not approach it according to the official forms, the Public has itself to blame.

Background. "The Department is accessible to the Public, if the Public approaches it according to the official forms; if the Public does not approach it according to the official forms, the Public has itself to blame." is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 10). 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. [...]

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

It being one of the principles of the Circumlocution Office never, on any account whatever, to give a straightforward answer.

Background. "It being one of the principles of the Circumlocution Office never, on any account whatever, to give a straightforward answer." is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 10). 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. The term ‘Circumlocution Office’ was first coined by Charles Dickens in his novel [...]

2018-08-28T20:54:06+00:00Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: , |

No public business of any kind could possibly be done at any time without the acquiescence of the Circumlocution Office. Its finger was in the largest public pie, and in the smallest public tart. It was equally impossible to do the plainest right and to undo the plainest wrong without the express authority of the Circumlocution Office.

Background. "No public business of any kind could possibly be done at any time without the acquiescence of the Circumlocution Office. Its finger was in the largest public pie, and in the smallest public tart. It was equally impossible to do the plainest right and to undo the plainest wrong without the express authority of the Circumlocution Office." is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 10). Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 [...]

2018-08-28T20:52:20+00:00Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: , , |

Whatever was required to be done, the Circumlocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving – HOW NOT TO DO IT.

Background. "Whatever was required to be done, the Circumlocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving - HOW NOT TO DO IT" is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 10). 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. The term ‘Circumlocution Office’ was first [...]

2018-02-23T19:44:47+00:00Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: , |
Skip to toolbar