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Quotations about Childhood by Charles Dickens

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It is a pleasant thing to see that the sun has been there; to know that the air and light are on them every day; to feel that they are children, and lead children’s lives; that if their pillows be damp, it is with the dews of Heaven, and not with tears; that the limbs of their girls are free, and that they are not crippled by distortions, imposing an unnatural and horrible penance upon their sex; that their lives are spent, from day to day, at least among the waving trees, and not in the midst of dreadful engines which make young children old before they know what childhood is, and give them the exhaustion and infirmity of age, without, like age, the privilege to die.

Background. “It is a pleasant thing to see that the sun has been there; to know that the air and light are on them every day; to feel that they are children, and lead children’s lives; that if their pillows be damp, it is with the dews of Heaven, and not with tears; that the […]

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Although Oliver had been brought up by philosophers, he was not theoretically acquainted with the beautiful axiom that self-preservation is the first law of nature.

  Background. “Although Oliver had been brought up by philosophers, he was not theoretically acquainted with the beautiful axiom that self-preservation is the first law of nature” is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 10). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Have Your […]

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I am the only child of parents who weighed, measured, and priced everything; for whom what could not be weighed, measured, and priced, had no existence.

Background. “I am the only child of parents who weighed, measured, and priced everything; for whom what could not be weighed, measured, and priced, had no existence.” is a quotation taken from Little Dorrit. Book 1, Chapter 2. Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. A rags to […]

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That slow agony of my youth.

Background. “That slow agony of my youth.” is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 11). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. This quotation is taken from the final passage in Chapter 11 of David Copperfield: As I walked to and fro daily between Southwark […]

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