Education

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Education.

 

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 Education.


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Those who are most distrustful of the advantages of education, are always the first to exclaim against the results of ignorance.

Background. "Those who are most distrustful of the advantages of education, are always the first to exclaim against the results of ignorance." is a quotation from a speech given by Charles Dickens to the Birmingham Polytechnic Institution. The speech, promoting educational improvement and learning, was given on 28 February 1844.   Context. Taken from the following part of the speech Dickens gave: There is, indeed, no difference in the main with respect to the dangers of ignorance and the advantages [...]

2018-04-20T19:56:21+00:00 Categories: Speeches|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: , |

You are to be in all things regulated and governed by fact.

Background. "You are to be in all things regulated and governed by fact." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 2). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 2 of Book 1 of Hard Times: ‘Fact, fact, fact!’ said the gentleman.  And ‘Fact, fact, fact!’ repeated Thomas Gradgrind. ‘You are to be in [...]

2018-05-29T21:32:02+00:00 Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , |

Now what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life.

Background. "Now what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 1). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. This quotation, said by Thomas Gradgrind, is taken from the opening chapter of Hard Times: ‘Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these [...]

2018-05-29T21:34:46+00:00 Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , , |

It being a part of Mrs Pipchin’s system not to encourage a child’s mind to develop and expand itself like a young flower, but to open it by force like an oyster.

Background. "It being a part of Mrs Pipchin's system not to encourage a child's mind to develop and expand itself like a young flower, but to open it by force like an oyster." is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 8). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.   Context. In the story Dombey and Son, the sickly younger Paul Dombey is sent to the seaside at Brighton for his health, where he [...]

2018-06-01T21:12:31+00:00 Categories: Dombey and Son|Tags: |

Minerva House … was “a finishing establishment for young ladies,” where some twenty girls of the ages from thirteen to nineteen inclusive, acquired a smattering of everything and a knowledge of nothing.

Background. "Minerva House ... was "a finishing establishment for young ladies," where some twenty girls of the ages from thirteen to nineteen inclusive, acquired a smattering of everything and a knowledge of nothing" is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Tales, Chapter 3 (Sentiment). 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 "Minerva House ... was "a finishing establishment for young [...]

2017-12-08T13:35:03+00:00 Categories: Sketches by Boz|Tags: |

They who are too ragged, wretched, filthy, and forlorn, to enter any other place: who could gain admission into no charity school, and who would be driven from any church door; are invited to come in here, and find some people not depraved, willing to teach them something, and show them some sympathy, and stretch a hand out, which is not the iron hand of Law, for their correction.

Background. "They who are too ragged, wretched, filthy, and forlorn, to enter any other place: who could gain admission into no charity school, and who would be driven from any church door; are invited to come in here, and find some people not depraved, willing to teach them something, and show them some sympathy, and stretch a hand out, which is not the iron hand of Law, for their correction" is a quotation from a Letter to The Daily News [...]

2017-12-08T13:40:00+00:00 Categories: Letters to Newspapers|Tags: , |

The more the man who improves his leisure in such a place learns, the better, gentler, kinder man he must become.

Background. "The more the man who improves his leisure in such a place learns, the better, gentler, kinder man he must become." is a quotation from a speech given by Charles Dickens to the Manchester Athenaeum. The speech, promoting educational improvement and learning, was given on 5th October 1843.   Context. Taken from the following part of the speech Dickens gave: The more the man who improves his leisure in such a place learns, the better, gentler, kinder man he [...]

2018-04-20T20:03:22+00:00 Categories: Speeches|Tags: |