Charity

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Charity.

 

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 Charity.


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I am a School lady, I am a Visiting lady, I am a Reading lady, I am a Distributing lady; I am on the local Linen Box Committee and many general committees; and my canvassing alone is very extensive—perhaps no one’s more so.

Background. "I am a School lady, I am a Visiting lady, I am a Reading lady, I am a Distributing lady; I am on the local Linen Box Committee and many general committees; and my canvassing alone is very extensive—perhaps no one's more so." 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 [...]

2018-10-30T11:35:22+00:00Categories: Bleak House|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 [...]

2018-09-18T08:37:34+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

When the young curate was popular, and all the unmarried ladies in the parish took a serious turn, the charity children all at once became objects of peculiar and especial interest.

Background. "When the young curate was popular, and all the unmarried ladies in the parish took a serious turn, the charity children all at once became objects of peculiar and especial interest." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Our Parish, Chapter 6 (The Ladies’ Societies). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. Taken from the following passage in The Ladies’ Societies: We should be [...]

2018-08-16T13:05:18+00:00Categories: Sketches by Boz|Tags: |

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a little patronage is more so.

Background. "A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a little patronage is more so." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Our Parish, Chapter 6 (The Ladies’ Societies). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. Taken from the following passage in The Ladies’ Societies: A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a little patronage is more so; the three Miss Browns appointed all [...]

2018-08-17T09:44:11+00:00Categories: Sketches by Boz|Tags: |

We are quite in a childlike state altogether, representing an infant institution, and not even yet a grown-up company.

Background. "We are quite in a childlike state altogether, representing an infant institution, and not even yet a grown-up company." is a quotation from a 1858 speech given by Charles Dickens at Freemasons’ Hall (Covent Garden), London. The speech, in support of the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street, London, was given on 9 February 1858.   Context. Taken from the following part of the speech Dickens gave: Ladies and gentlemen — It is one of my rules [...]

There were two classes of charitable people; one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all.

Background. "There were two classes of charitable people; one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all." 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. Mr. [...]

2018-10-29T12:02:34+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , , |

Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts.

Background. "Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts." 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.   Context. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited in his counting-house by two benefactors wishing to make provision for the poor and destitute at Christmas time. Scrooge angrily replies that prisons and workhouses are [...]

2018-08-27T18:55:25+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

I have always thought of Christmas time … as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.

Background. "I have always thought of Christmas time ... as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys" is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave [...]

2018-02-19T10:46:01+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

If man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is. Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die?

Background. "If man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is. Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die?" is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 3). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. This quote is said by the second of the three spirits to [...]

2018-08-26T09:18:05+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

Background. "Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door." is a quotation from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 27). Martin Chuzzlewit was the sixth novel by Charles Dickens originally published between 1843 and 1844.   Context. Quotation said by the character Montague Tigg, speaking to Jonas Chuzzlewit. In this quotation, the corrupt and selfish Tigg uses an existing English phrase  - charity begins at home - suggesting to Chuzzlewit that it is acceptable to look after yourself financially before others but [...]

2018-10-22T09:57:06+00:00Categories: Martin Chuzzlewit|Tags: , , |
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