London

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of London.

 

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 475 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 London.


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The clash and glare of sundry fiery Works upon the river-side, arose by night to disturb everything except the heavy and unbroken smoke that poured out of their chimneys.

Charles Dickens David Copperfield Quotations (Chapter 47). The clash and glare of sundry fiery Works upon the river-side, arose by night to disturb everything except the heavy and unbroken smoke that poured out of their chimneys.

The neighbourhood was a dreary one at that time; as oppressive, sad, and solitary by night, as any about London.

Charles Dickens David Copperfield Quotations (Chapter 47). The neighbourhood was a dreary one at that time; as oppressive, sad, and solitary by night, as any about London.

It is strange with how little notice, good, bad, or indifferent, a man may live and die in London.

Charles Dickens Sketches by Boz Quotations. It is strange with how little notice, good, bad, or indifferent, a man may live and die in London.

There is a numerous class of people in this great metropolis who seem not to possess a single friend, and whom nobody appears to care for.

Charles Dickens Sketches by Boz Quotations. There is a numerous class of people in this great metropolis who seem not to possess a single friend, and whom nobody appears to care for.

The sun that rises over the quiet streets of London on a bright Sunday morning, shines till his setting, on gay and happy faces.

The sun that rises over the quiet streets of London on a bright Sunday morning, shines till his setting, on gay and happy faces.

The ground was covered, nearly ankle-deep, with filth and mire; a thick steam, perpetually rising from the reeking bodies of the cattle, and mingling with the fog, which seemed to rest upon the chimney-tops, hung heavily above.

The ground was covered, nearly ankle-deep, with filth and mire; a thick steam, perpetually rising from the reeking bodies of the cattle, and mingling with the fog, which seemed to rest upon the chimney-tops, hung heavily above.

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Every Sunday night, from eleven until the clock strikes twelve, I will walk on London Bridge if I am alive.

Every Sunday night, from eleven until the clock strikes twelve, I will walk on London Bridge if I am alive.

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Every repulsive lineament of poverty, every loathsome indication of filth, rot, and garbage; all these ornament the banks of Folly Ditch.

Every repulsive lineament of poverty, every loathsome indication of filth, rot, and garbage; all these ornament the banks of Folly Ditch.

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Swallowed up in one phase or other of its immensity, towards which they seemed impelled by a desperate fascination, they never returned.

Swallowed up in one phase or other of its immensity, towards which they seemed impelled by a desperate fascination, they never returned.

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The streets and courts dart in all directions, until they are lost in the unwholesome vapour which hangs over the house-tops, and renders the dirty perspective uncertain and confined; and lounging at every corner, as if they came there to take a few gasps of such fresh air as has found its way so far, but is too much exhausted already, to be enabled to force itself into the narrow alleys around.

Charles Dickens Sketches by Boz Quotations. The streets and courts dart in all directions, until they are lost in the unwholesome vapour which hangs over the house-tops, and renders the dirty perspective uncertain and confined; and lounging at every corner, as if they came there to take a few gasps of such fresh air as has found its way so far, but is too much exhausted already, to be enabled to force itself into the narrow alleys around.

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The appearance presented by the streets of London an hour before sunrise, on a summer’s morning, is most striking even to the few whose unfortunate pursuits of pleasure, or scarcely less unfortunate pursuits of business, cause them to be well acquainted with the scene.

Charles Dickens Sketches by Boz Quotations. The appearance presented by the streets of London an hour before sunrise, on a summer’s morning, is most striking even to the few whose unfortunate pursuits of pleasure, or scarcely less unfortunate pursuits of business, cause them to be well acquainted with the scene.

As one half of the world is said not to know how the other half lives, so it maybe affirmed that the upper half of the world neither knows nor greatly cares how the lower half amuses itself.

Charles Dickens Quotations (The Amusements of the People, Part 1). As one half of the world is said not to know how the other half lives, so it maybe affirmed that the upper half of the world neither knows nor greatly cares how the lower half amuses itself.