Destiny

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Destiny.

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 Destiny.


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If man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is. Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die?

Background. "If man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is. Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die?" 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. This quote is said by the second of the three spirits to [...]

2017-12-08T13:11:09+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change.

Background. "Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change" is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 4). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.     Have Your Say. Give your view on "Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But [...]

2017-12-08T13:12:03+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

I wear the chain I forged in life.

Background. "I wear the chain I forged in life." 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.   Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing Ebenezer Scrooge (left), here being visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley. Context. The quote is said by the ghost of Jacob Marley, the [...]

2017-12-08T13:12:05+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of the things that May be only?

Background. "Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of the things that May be only?" is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 4). 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 passage: “Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point,” said Scrooge, “answer me one question. Are these the shadows of [...]

2017-12-08T13:12:11+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life!

Background. "Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life!" is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 4). 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 said by Ebenezer Scrooge and taken from the following passage at the end of Stave 4: The Spirit was immovable as ever. Scrooge crept towards it, trembling [...]

2018-04-07T09:43:49+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |