Emotions

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Emotions.

 

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 450 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 Emotions.


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In the innocence of her brave affection, and the brimming up of her old devoted spirit, the once deserted girl shone like a beautiful light upon the darkness of the other.

Background. "In the innocence of her brave affection, and the brimming up of her old devoted spirit, the once deserted girl shone like a beautiful light upon the darkness of the other." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 3, 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 quote is a description of Sissy (Cecilia Jupe), who is comforting [...]

2018-07-25T16:37:42+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: |

It is a dangerous thing to see anything in the sphere of a vain blusterer, before the vain blusterer sees it himself.

Background. "It is a dangerous thing to see anything in the sphere of a vain blusterer, before the vain blusterer sees it himself." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 3, Chapter 9). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.     Have Your Say. Give your view on "It is a dangerous thing to see anything in the sphere of a vain [...]

2018-09-03T09:24:52+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: |

While there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.

Background. "While there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour." 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 a great surprise to Scrooge, while listening to [...]

2017-12-08T13:11:04+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.

Background. "No space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused." 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 [...]

2018-08-29T16:39:01+00:00Categories: 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 [...]

2018-08-29T16:44:15+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast.

Background. "There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 10). 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 "There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast" with a rating and help us compile the very best Charles Dickens quotations.   Related. If you like [...]

2017-12-08T13:14:03+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: |

There is something about a roused woman: especially if she add to all her other strong passions, the fierce impulses of recklessness and despair; which few men like to provoke.

Background. "There is something about a roused woman: especially if she add to all her other strong passions, the fierce impulses of recklessness and despair; which few men like to provoke." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 16). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Quotation written in the context of Nancy who is angry with Fagin after he attacks Oliver Twist for attempting to escape from [...]

2018-09-26T12:10:44+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , |

I don’t say half I mean. I can’t. I haven’t got the gift. There are talkers enough among us; I’ll be one of the doers.

Background. "I don’t say half I mean. I can’t. I haven’t got the gift. There are talkers enough among us; I’ll be one of the doers" is a quotation from Barnaby Rudge (Chapter 40). Barnaby Rudge was the fifth novel from Charles Dickens, first published in 1841. It is the first of Dickens's two historical novels and is largely set around the time of the Gordon Riots of 1780.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "I don’t say [...]

2017-12-08T13:17:56+00:00Categories: Barnaby Rudge|Tags: |

There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.

Background. "There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated." is a quotation from Barnaby Rudge (Chapter 22). Barnaby Rudge was the fifth novel from Charles Dickens, first published in 1841. It is the first of Dickens's two historical novels and is largely set around the time of the Gordon Riots of 1780.   Context. Quote said by Simon Tappertit. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 22 of Barnaby Rudge: Mr Tappertit, who was not [...]

2018-05-11T22:09:51+00:00Categories: Barnaby Rudge|Tags: |

My lamp burns low, and I have written far into the night; but the dear presence, without which I were nothing, bears me company.

  Background. "My lamp burns low, and I have written far into the night; but the dear presence, without which I were nothing, bears me company" is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 64). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. Taken from the closing paragraphs of the novel: And now, as I close my task, subduing my desire to linger yet, these faces fade away. But one face, shining [...]

2018-02-21T20:30:35+00:00Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: |
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