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Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Death.

 

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 Death.


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Avay vith melincholly, as the little boy said ven his schoolmissus died.

Background. “Avay vith melincholly, as the little boy said ven his schoolmissus died.” is a quotation taken from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 44). 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. Taken from the following passage […]

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Dead, your Majesty. Dead, my lords and gentlemen. Dead, right reverends and wrong reverends of every order. Dead, men and women, born with heavenly compassion in your hearts. And dying thus around us every day.

Background. “Dead, your Majesty. Dead, my lords and gentlemen. Dead, right reverends and wrong reverends of every order. Dead, men and women, born with heavenly compassion in your hearts. And dying thus around us every day.” is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 47). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to […]

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I was sent for life. It’s death to come back.

Background. “I was sent for life. It’s death to come back.” is a quotation from the novel Great Expectations (Chapter 39). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quotation said by the character Abel Magwitch. The convict Abel Magwitch returns to England after being transported to Australia […]

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Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

  Background.  “Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.” is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quote is a description of Jacob Marley, the former business partner of […]

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Death, fires, and burglary, make all men equals.

Background. “Death, fires, and burglary, make all men equals” is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 28). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Have Your Say. Give your view on “Death, fires, and burglary, make all men equals” with a rating and help […]

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Everything told of life and animation, but one dark cluster of objects in the centre of all – the black stage, the cross-beam, the rope, and all the hideous apparatus of death.

Background. “Everything told of life and animation, but one dark cluster of objects in the centre of all – the black stage, the cross-beam, the rope, and all the hideous apparatus of death” is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 52). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, […]

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It was a ghastly figure to look upon. The murderer staggering backward to the wall, and shutting out the sight with his hand, seized a heavy club and struck her down.

Background. “It was a ghastly figure to look upon. The murderer staggering backward to the wall, and shutting out the sight with his hand, seized a heavy club and struck her down.” is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 47). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published […]

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