Law

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 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 Law.


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How mankind ever came to be afflicted with wiglomeration, or for whose sins these young people ever fell into a pit of it, I don’t know; so it is.

Background. "How mankind ever came to be afflicted with wiglomeration, or for whose sins these young people ever fell into a pit of it, I don’t know; so it is." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 8). 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 8 (Covering a Multitude of Sins) of Bleak House: "He [...]

2018-01-04T22:52:23+00:00 Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

In trickery, evasion, procrastination, spoliation, botheration, under false pretences of all sorts, there are influences that can never come to good.

Background. "In trickery, evasion, procrastination, spoliation, botheration, under false pretences of all sorts, there are influences that can never come to good." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 1). 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 1 (In Chancery) of Bleak House: How many people out of the suit Jarndyce and Jarndyce [...]

2018-04-07T07:42:54+00:00 Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

This is the Court of Chancery, which has its decaying houses and its blighted lands in every shire, which has its worn-out lunatic in every madhouse and its dead in every churchyard.

Background. "This is the Court of Chancery, which has its decaying houses and its blighted lands in every shire, which has its worn-out lunatic in every madhouse and its dead in every churchyard." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 1). 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. Early 19th century illustration of The Court of Chancery. Engraving published [...]

2018-02-21T11:23:53+00:00 Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means.

Background. "Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means" is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 1). 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. Jarndyce and Jarndyce was a fictional court case in Bleak House concerning the fate of a large inheritance. [...]

2017-12-08T13:23:52+00:00 Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

Background. "Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door." is a quotation 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 beginning of the novel Martin Chuzzlewit, and a hanger-on to distant Chuzzlewit kin Chevy Slyme. Later, he starts a thriving, sleazy insurance business, The Anglo-Bengalee Disinterested Loan [...]

2018-05-11T20:19:36+00:00 Categories: Martin Chuzzlewit|Tags: , , |

Mr Jackson struck his forefinger several times against the left side of his nose, to intimate that he was not there to disclose the secrets of the prison house.

Background. "Mr Jackson struck his forefinger several times against the left side of his nose, to intimate that he was not there to disclose the secrets of the prison house." is a quotation from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 31). 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. Description of Mr. Jackson, a clerk at the office of the law firm Dodson [...]

2018-02-24T19:49:04+00:00 Categories: The Pickwick Papers|Tags: , , |

We still leave unblotted in the leaves of our statute book, for the reverence and admiration of successive ages, the just and wholesome law which declares that the sturdy felon shall be fed and clothed, and that the penniless debtor shall be left to die of starvation and nakedness. This is no fiction.

Background. "We still leave unblotted in the leaves of our statute book, for the reverence and admiration of successive ages, the just and wholesome law which declares that the sturdy felon shall be fed and clothed, and that the penniless debtor shall be left to die of starvation and nakedness. This is no fiction." is a quotation from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 42). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, more commonly now known as simply The Pickwick Papers was [...]

2018-02-24T19:49:02+00:00 Categories: The Pickwick Papers|Tags: , , , |

These sequestered nooks are the public offices of the legal profession, where writs are issued, judgments signed, declarations filed, and numerous other ingenious machines put in motion for the torture and torment of His Majesty’s liege subjects, and the comfort and emolument of the practitioners of the law.

Background. "These sequestered nooks are the public offices of the legal profession, where writs are issued, judgments signed, declarations filed, and numerous other ingenious machines put in motion for the torture and torment of His Majesty's liege subjects, and the comfort and emolument of the practitioners of the law." is a quotation from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 31). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, more commonly now known as simply The Pickwick Papers was Charles Dickens's first novel, published between [...]

2018-02-24T19:49:04+00:00 Categories: The Pickwick Papers|Tags: , |

Lawyers hold that there are two kinds of particularly bad witnesses – a reluctant witness, and a too-willing witness.

Background. "Lawyers hold that there are two kinds of particularly bad witnesses - a reluctant witness, and a too-willing witness." is a quotation from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 34). 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.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "Lawyers hold that there are two kinds of particularly bad witnesses - a reluctant witness, and a too-willing witness." [...]

2018-02-24T19:49:01+00:00 Categories: The Pickwick Papers|Tags: |

If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.

Background. "If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers." is a quotation from The Old Curiosity Shop (Chapter 56). The Old Curiosity Shop was the fourth novel by Charles Dickens and follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London.   Context. Quotation by the corrupt solicitor Sampson Brass. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 56 of The Old Curiosity Shop: Mr Brass and his lovely companion [...]

2018-02-26T10:55:28+00:00 Categories: The Old Curiosity Shop|Tags: |

There are many pleasant fictions of the law in constant operation, but there is not one so pleasant or practically humorous as that which supposes every man to be of equal value in its impartial eye, and the benefits of all laws to be equally attainable by all men, without the smallest reference to the furniture of their pockets.

Background. "There are many pleasant fictions of the law in constant operation, but there is not one so pleasant or practically humorous as that which supposes every man to be of equal value in its impartial eye, and the benefits of all laws to be equally attainable by all men, without the smallest reference to the furniture of their pockets" is a quotation from Nicholas Nickleby (Chapter 46). The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, more commonly referred to as [...]

2018-02-23T19:49:02+00:00 Categories: Nicholas Nickleby|Tags: , |