Life

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Life.

 

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 Life.


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If there be one thing in existence more miserable than another, it most unquestionably is the being compelled to rise by candlelight.

Background. "If there be one thing in existence more miserable than another, it most unquestionably is the being compelled to rise by candlelight." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes, Chapter 15 (Early Coaches). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. Dickens describes that feeling of not wanting to get up before dawn. Taken from the following passage in Early Coaches: If there be [...]

2018-04-27T19:57:51+00:00 Categories: Early Coaches, Sketches by Boz|Tags: |

There are days in this life, worth life and worth death.

Background. "There are days in this life, worth life and worth death." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 4, Chapter 4). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.     Context. Taken from the following passage at the end of Book 4, Chapter 4 of Our Mutual Friend: 'Pa, dear!' cried Bella, beckoning him with her parasol to approach the side, and bending gracefully to whisper. 'Yes, my darling.' [...]

2018-03-15T11:05:48+00:00 Categories: Our Mutual Friend|Tags: |

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.

Background. "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show" is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 1). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context.  These are the opening lines of the novel David Copperfield.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero [...]

2017-12-08T13:20:02+00:00 Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: , |

Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.

Background. "Life is made of ever so many partings welded together." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 27). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. This quote is said by Joe Gargery to Pip. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 27 of Great Expectations: Joe looked at me for a single instant with something faintly like reproach. Utterly preposterous as his cravat was, and as his collars were, I was [...]

2018-05-07T19:15:25+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |

You, devoted and young, cannot fully appreciate the anxiety I have felt that your life should not be wasted.

Background. "You, devoted and young, cannot fully appreciate the anxiety I have felt that your life should not be wasted." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book 2, Chapter 17). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up to the [...]

2017-12-08T13:24:48+00:00 Categories: A Tale of Two Cities|Tags: |