Children

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 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 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 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. Taken from the following passage in Stave 3 (The Second Of The Three Spirits) of A Christmas Carol: It was their turn to laugh now [...]

2017-12-08T13:04:01+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

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 from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 20). 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. In this quotation, the character Sam Weller [...]

2018-02-24T19:49:05+00:00 Categories: The Pickwick Papers|Tags: , |

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 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 him on a stairway at Satis House, whilst both are visiting Miss Havisham. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 11 of Great Expectations: "Boy of the neighbourhood? Hey?" [...]

2018-02-23T09:00:19+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

It is said that the children of the very poor are not brought up, but dragged up.

Background. "It is said that the children of the very poor are not brought up, but dragged up." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 6). 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.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "It is said that the children of the very poor are not brought up, but dragged up." with a rating and help [...]

2018-03-04T07:42:07+00:00 Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

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 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 [...]

2018-02-23T19:49:06+00:00 Categories: Nicholas Nickleby|Tags: , |

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. Image from the 1968 musical Oliver! in which Oliver Twist (played by Mark Lester) asks for more food. Taken from the following paragraph in Chapter 2: The evening arrived; the boys took their places. The master, in his cook’s uniform, stationed himself at the [...]

2018-02-21T20:30:57+00:00 Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , , , |

Three meals of thin gruel a day, with an onion twice a week, and half a roll of Sundays.

Background. "Three meals of thin gruel a day, with an onion twice a week, and half a roll of Sundays." 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 members of this board were very sage, deep, philosophical men; and when they came to turn their attention to the workhouse, they found out at [...]

2017-12-08T13:15:11+00:00 Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , |

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 Great Expectations (Chapter 8). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. In this quote, the main character and narrator, Pip, reflects on how harsh his upbringing has been as a child. Both Pip's parents died when he was very young, leaving [...]

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 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 in Chapter 24 (The Study of a Loving Heart) of Dombey and Son: There came among the other visitors, soon after Florence, one beautiful girl, three or four [...]

2018-02-23T19:48:34+00:00 Categories: Dombey and Son|Tags: , |

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 Nickleby, is the third novel by Charles Dickens, originally serialised between

2018-02-23T19:49:01+00:00 Categories: Nicholas Nickleby|Tags: , |

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 book in 1836.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "The children are tired, and amuse themselves and the company generally by crying, or [...]

2017-12-08T13:32:57+00:00 Categories: Sketches by Boz|Tags: |

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 article, written by Charles Dickens, exploring ragged schooling. It was first published in Household Words on March 13, 1852.   Context. This quotation is taken [...]

2018-05-14T21:11:39+00:00 Categories: A Sleep To Startle Us|Tags: , |