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Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Business.

 

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 400 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 Business.


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Leaving the business to take care of itself, as it seems to have made up its mind not to take care of me.

Background. "Leaving the business to take care of itself, as it seems to have made up its mind not to take care of me." is a quotation from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 50). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, more commonly now known as simply The Pickwick Papers was Charles Dickens's first novel, published between 1836 and 1837.   Context. Quotation said by the character Bob Sawyer. In The Pickwick Papers, Robert "Bob" Sawyer is a medical student prone to drinking and [...]

2018-02-24T19:49:08+00:00 Categories: The Pickwick Papers|Tags: |

We companies are all birds of prey; mere birds of prey.

Background. "We companies are all birds of prey; mere birds of prey." is a quotation from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 27). Martin Chuzzlewit is the sixth novel by Charles Dickens originally published between 1843 and 1844.     Context. Quotation said by the character Montague Tigg, speaking to Jonas Chuzzlewit. Montague Tigg is a down-on-his-luck rogue at the beginning of the novel Martin Chuzzlewit, and a hanger-on to distant Chuzzlewit kin Chevy Slyme. Later, he starts a thriving, sleazy insurance business, The [...]

2017-12-08T13:05:24+00:00 Categories: Martin Chuzzlewit|Tags: |

The little narrow, crooked town of Dover hid itself away from the beach, and ran its head into the chalk cliffs, like a marine ostrich.

Background. "The little narrow, crooked town of Dover hid itself away from the beach, and ran its head into the chalk cliffs, like a marine ostrich." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book 1, Chapter 4). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on [...]

2017-12-08T13:07:12+00:00 Categories: A Tale of Two Cities|Tags: |

Business! Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!

Background. "Business! Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!" is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing Ebenezer Scrooge (left), here being [...]

2017-12-08T13:11:10+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s.

Background. "It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing Ebenezer Scrooge (left), here being visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley. Context. The quote [...]

2017-12-08T13:12:28+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

A matter of business. Regard it as a matter of business — business that must be done.

Background. "A matter of business. Regard it as a matter of business — business that must be done." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book 1, Chapter 4). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up to the French Revolution [...]

2017-12-08T13:25:16+00:00 Categories: A Tale of Two Cities|Tags: |

These are mere business relations, …. there is no friendship in them, no particular interest, nothing like sentiment. I have passed from one to another, in the course of my business life, just as I pass from one of our customers to another in the course of my business day; in short, I have no feelings; I am a mere machine.

Background. "These are mere business relations, ... there is no friendship in them, no particular interest, nothing like sentiment. I have passed from one to another, in the course of my business life, just as I pass from one of our customers to another in the course of my business day; in short, I have no feelings; I am a mere machine." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book 1, Chapter 4). A Tale of Two Cities [...]

2018-04-20T14:57:42+00:00 Categories: A Tale of Two Cities|Tags: , , |

Here’s the rule for bargains: “Do other men, for they would do you.” That’s the true business precept.

Background. "Here's the rule for bargains: "Do other men, for they would do you." That's the true business precept." is a quotation from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 11). Martin Chuzzlewit was the sixth novel by Charles Dickens originally published between 1843 and 1844.   Context. Quotation said by the character Jonas Chuzzlewit. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 11 of Martin Chuzzlewit: ‘I shall drink,’ said Anthony, ‘to Pecksniff. Your father, my dears. A clever man, Pecksniff. A wary man! A hypocrite, [...]

2018-05-04T09:52:05+00:00 Categories: Martin Chuzzlewit|Tags: , |