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Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Children.

 

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 Children.


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For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.

Background. “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.” is a quotation taken 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.   […]

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I took a good deal o’ pains with his eddication, sir; let him run in the streets when he was wery young, and shift for hisself. It’s the only way to make a boy sharp, sir.

Background. “I took a good deal o’ pains with his eddication, sir; let him run in the streets when he was wery young, and shift for hisself. It’s the only way to make a boy sharp, sir.” is a quotation taken from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 20). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, more […]

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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 […]

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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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Not an orphan in the wide world can be so deserted as the child who is an outcast from a living parent’s love.

Background. “Not an orphan in the wide world can be so deserted as the child who is an outcast from a living parent’s love.” is a quotation from the novel Dombey and Son (Chapter 24). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens’s seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.   Context. Taken from the following passage […]

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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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