Love

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Love.

 

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 450 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 Love.


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Love is in all things a most wonderful teacher.

Background. "Love is in all things a most wonderful teacher." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 4, Chapter 11). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.   Context. Taken from the following opening passage in Book 4, Chapter 11 of Our Mutual Friend: Mrs John Rokesmith sat at needlework in her neat little room, beside a basket of neat little articles of clothing, which presented so much of the [...]

2018-09-16T12:17:27+00:00Categories: Our Mutual Friend|Tags: |

I am under the influence of some tremendous attraction which I have resisted in vain, and which overmasters me.

Background. "I am under the influence of some tremendous attraction which I have resisted in vain, and which overmasters me." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 2, Chapter 15). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1865.   Context. In this quotation, Bradley Headstone declares his love to Lizzie Hexam. Taken from the following passage in Book 2, Chapter 15 of Our Mutual Friend: 'Mr Headstone, I have heard enough. Let me [...]

2018-03-15T11:06:18+00:00Categories: Our Mutual Friend|Tags: |

I never had one hour’s happiness in her society, and yet my mind all round the four-and-twenty hours was harping on the happiness of having her with me unto death.

Background. "I never had one hour's happiness in her society, and yet my mind all round the four-and-twenty hours was harping on the happiness of having her with me unto death." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 38). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quotation said by the character Pip, reflecting on his desire to spend time with Estella. Estella has been sent to live in the house of Mrs. [...]

2018-02-23T09:00:25+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

I began fully to know how wrecked I was.

Background. "I began fully to know how wrecked I was." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 39). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Pip reflects on how his ambitions have changed. he now finds himself harboring a wanted man, and his dreams of marrying Estella have been shattered. The quote comes at the end of Volume 2 of Great Expectations. Volume 2 begins with Pip moving to London to start [...]

2018-08-11T17:53:55+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |

You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with.

Background. "You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 44). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Pip tells Estella his true feelings for her after she reveals she is going to marry Bentley Drummle. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 44 of Great Expectations.  After revealing that marriage preparations are already in place Estella tells Pip [...]

2018-02-23T09:00:21+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

With a full heart, for the love of him you once were.

Background. "With a full heart, for the love of him you once were." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 2). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The passage is said by the character Belle, who is talking to Ebenezer Scrooge. In his youth, Scrooge was engaged to Belle, who broke off the relationship as Ebenezer became a meaner individual. In Stave 2 [...]

2018-05-10T19:46:33+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

I lived principally on Dora and coffee.

Background. "I lived principally on Dora and coffee" is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 28). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. Taken from the following opening paragraph of Chapter 28 of David Copperfield: Until the day arrived on which I was to entertain my newly-found old friends, I lived principally on Dora and coffee. In my love-lorn condition, my appetite languished; and I was glad of it, for I [...]

2018-02-21T20:30:31+00:00Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: , |

I’ll tell you what real love is. It is blind devotion, unquestioning self-humiliation, utter submission, trust and belief against yourself and against the whole world, giving up your whole heart and soul to the smiter.

Background. "I'll tell you what real love is. It is blind devotion, unquestioning self-humiliation, utter submission, trust and belief against yourself and against the whole world, giving up your whole heart and soul to the smiter" is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 29). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quotation said by Miss Havisham to Pip. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 29: Then, Estella being gone and we [...]

2018-02-23T09:00:09+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

And yet I love him. I love him so much, and so dearly, that when I sometimes think my life may be but a weary one, I am proud of it and glad of it. I am proud and glad to suffer something for him, even though it is of no service to him, and he will never know of it or care for it.

Background. "And yet I love him. I love him so much, and so dearly, that when I sometimes think my life may be but a weary one, I am proud of it and glad of it. I am proud and glad to suffer something for him, even though it is of no service to him, and he will never know of it or care for it" is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 3, Chapter 9). Our Mutual Friend [...]

2018-02-16T11:26:17+00:00Categories: Our Mutual Friend|Tags: |

Love, though said to be afflicted with blindness, is a vigilant watchman.

Background. "Love, though said to be afflicted with blindness, is a vigilant watchman." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 2, Chapter 11). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1865.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "Love, though said to be afflicted with blindness, is a vigilant watchman." with a rating and help us compile the very best Charles Dickens quotations.   Related. If you like this, we [...]

2017-12-08T13:26:55+00:00Categories: Our Mutual Friend|Tags: |