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Quotations about Children by Charles Dickens

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I have a pretty large experience of boys, and you’re a bad set of fellows.

Background. “I have a pretty large experience of boys, and you’re a bad set of fellows.” is a quotation from the novel Great Expectations (Chapter 11). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. This is said by the lawyer Mr. Jaggers to Pip, when he first meets […]

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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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Please, sir, I want some more.

Background. “Please, sir, I want some more” is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 2). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Taken from the following paragraph in Chapter 2: The evening arrived; the boys took their places. The master, in his cook’s uniform, […]

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In the little world in which children have their existence whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice.

Background. “In the little world in which children have their existence whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice.” is a quotation from the Great Expectations (Chapter 8). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. This quotation is taken […]

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Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; but it cannot be the pride of a mother in her children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues – faith and hope.

Background. “Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; but it cannot be the pride of a mother in her children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues – faith and hope” is a quotation from Nicholas Nickleby (Chapter 43). The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, more commonly referred to as Nicholas […]

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The children are tired, and amuse themselves and the company generally by crying, or resort to the much more pleasant expedient of going to sleep.

Background. “The children are tired, and amuse themselves and the company generally by crying, or resort to the much more pleasant expedient of going to sleep.” is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes, Chapter 9 (London Recreations). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a […]

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An orphan boy with burning cheeks and great gaunt eager eyes, who was in pressing peril of death, too, and who had no possession under the broad sky but a bottle of physic and a scrap of writing.

Background. “An orphan boy with burning cheeks and great gaunt eager eyes, who was in pressing peril of death, too, and who had no possession under the broad sky but a bottle of physic and a scrap of writing” is a quotation from A Sleep To Startle Us. A Sleep To Startle Us was an […]

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