Facts

In the name of wonder, idleness, and folly!

Background. "In the name of wonder, idleness, and folly!" is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 3). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. Quotation by the character Thomas Gradgrind. Whilst walking home, Thomas Gradgrind passes the circus, where he finds his two oldest children, Louisa and Thomas, watching it. He rebukes them, seen here in this quotation. Gradgrind [...]

2018-08-04T20:49:54+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: |

Little vessels … ready to have imperial gallons of facts poured into them until they were full to the brim.

Background. "Little vessels ... ready to have imperial gallons of facts poured into them until they were full to the brim." 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 end of opening chapter of Hard Times: ‘In this life, we want nothing [...]

2018-08-03T14:35:18+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , , |

A man of realities. A man of facts and calculations. A man who proceeds upon the principle that two and two are four, and nothing over, and who is not to be talked into allowing for anything over.

Background. "A man of realities. A man of facts and calculations. A man who proceeds upon the principle that two and two are four, and nothing over, and who is not to be talked into allowing for anything over." 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. Description of Thomas Gradgrind, who [...]

2018-08-03T14:37:39+00:00Categories: Hard Times|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. Quotation showing the attitude of Thomas Gradgrind, who believes that facts should underlie everything. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 2 of Book 1 of Hard Times: ‘Fact, fact, fact!’ said [...]

2018-07-27T22:06:10+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , |

Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.

Background. "Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 40). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quotation said by the lawyer Mr. Jaggers to Pip, who is trying to confirm that his benefactor is Abel Magwitch. Although Pip has recently met Magwitch in London, Mr. Jaggers wishes to maintain that he is in New South Wales, Australia because he [...]

2018-10-30T09:40:22+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|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 the character Thomas Gradgrind, is taken from the opening chapter of Hard Times: ‘Now, what I want is, Facts. [...]

2018-09-10T12:55:42+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , , |
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