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Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Home.

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 Home.

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It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home.

Background. “It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home.” is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 14). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.     Context. Quotation said by the character Pip (the narrator of Great Expectations). Taken from the following opening passages in Chapter […]

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Fairy-land to visit, but a desert to live in.

Background. “Fairy-land to visit, but a desert to live in” is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 2). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. Description of Lady Dedlock‘s London home. Taken from the following […]

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Martin Chuzzlewit.

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

Background. “Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.” is a quotation taken from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 27). Martin Chuzzlewit was the sixth novel by Charles Dickens originally published between 1843 and 1844.   Context. Quotation said by the character Montague Tigg, speaking to Jonas Chuzzlewit. Montague Tigg is a down-on-his-luck rogue at the […]

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