Background. “No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot.” is a quotation taken from Our Mutual Friend (Book 1, Chapter 3). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens‘s fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865. Have Your Say. Give your […]
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Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Class.
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 Class.
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Background. “A man in public life expects to be sneered at – it is the fault of his elevated situation, and not of himself” is a quotation from Nicholas Nickleby (Chapter 14). The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, more commonly referred to as Nicholas Nickleby, is the third novel by Charles Dickens, originally serialised […]
Background. “May not the complaint, that common people are above their station, often take its rise in the fact of uncommon people being below theirs?” is a quotation from Nicholas Nickleby (Chapter 17). The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, more commonly referred to as Nicholas Nickleby, is the third novel by Charles Dickens, originally […]
Background. “The wish of persons in the humbler classes of life, to ape the manners and customs of those whom fortune has placed above them, is often the subject of remark, and not unfrequently of complaint” is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes, Chapter 9 (London Recreations). Sketches by Boz is a collection of […]