Background. “Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means” is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 1). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases […]
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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 350 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.
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Background. “These sequestered nooks are the public offices of the legal profession, where writs are issued, judgments signed, declarations filed, and numerous other ingenious machines put in motion for the torture and torment of His Majesty’s liege subjects, and the comfort and emolument of the practitioners of the law.” is a quotation taken from The […]
Background. “An invasion of Red Ants in innumerable millions, would not be half so prejudicial to Great Britain, as its intolerable Red Tape.” is a quotation from Red Tape. Red Tape was an article, written by Charles Dickens, criticizing bureaucracy. It was first published in Household Words on 15 February, 1851. Context. The quotation […]
Background. “All the red tape in the country grew redder at the bare mention of this bold and original conception” is a quotation from a speech given by Charles Dickens at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The speech, promoting administrative reform was given on 27th June 1855. Have Your Say. Give your view […]
Background. “I do sometimes begin to doubt whether the parrots of society are not more pernicious to its interests than its birds of prey” is a quotation taken from a speech given by Charles Dickens to the Manchester Athenaeum. The speech, promoting educational improvement and learning, was given on 5th October 1843. Have Your […]