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Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Law.

 

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 Law.


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He washed his clients off, as if he were a surgeon or a dentist.

Background. “He washed his clients off, as if he were a surgeon or a dentist.” is a quotation taken from Great Expectations (Chapter 26). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.     Context. Quotation taken from the following passage at the beginning of Chapter 26 of Great Expectations: […]

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Don’t commit yourself, and don’t commit any one. You understand—any one. Don’t tell me anything: I don’t want to know anything; I am not curious.

Background. “Don’t commit yourself, and don’t commit any one. You understand—any one. Don’t tell me anything: I don’t want to know anything; I am not curious.” is a quotation taken from Great Expectations (Chapter 40). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.     Context. Quotation said by the […]

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pickwickclub

There is a box of barristers on their right hand; there is an enclosure of insolvent debtors on their left; and there is an inclined plane of most especially dirty faces in their front.

Background. “There is a box of barristers on their right hand; there is an enclosure of insolvent debtors on their left; and there is an inclined plane of most especially dirty faces in their front.” is a quotation taken from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 43). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, more commonly now […]

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I expect a judgment. Shortly.

Background. “I expect a judgment. Shortly.” is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 3). 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. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 3 of Bleak House: When we got […]

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oliver_twist

If the law supposes that … the law is a ass – a idiot.

Background. “If the law supposes that the law is a ass a idiot.” is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 51). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Taken from “If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in […]

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Everything told of life and animation, but one dark cluster of objects in the centre of all – the black stage, the cross-beam, the rope, and all the hideous apparatus of death.

Background. “Everything told of life and animation, but one dark cluster of objects in the centre of all – the black stage, the cross-beam, the rope, and all the hideous apparatus of death” is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 52). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, […]

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Injustice breeds injustice.

Background. “Injustice breeds injustice.” is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 39). 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.   Have Your Say. Give your view on “Injustice breeds injustice.” with a rating and help us compile the […]

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Keep out of Chancery…. It’s being ground to bits in a slow mill; it’s being roasted at a slow fire; it’s being stung to death by single bees; it’s being drowned by drops; it’s going mad by grains.

Background. “Keep out of Chancery…. It’s being ground to bits in a slow mill; it’s being roasted at a slow fire; it’s being stung to death by single bees; it’s being drowned by drops; it’s going mad by grains” is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 5). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, […]

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The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself. There is no other principle distinctly, certainly, and consistently maintained through all its narrow turnings.

Background. “The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself. There is no other principle distinctly, certainly, and consistently maintained through all its narrow turnings” is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 39). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, […]

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