Background. “A man can well afford to be as bold as brass, my good fellow, when he gets gold in exchange!” is a quotation taken 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 […]
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Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Money.
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 Money.
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Background. “My guiding star always is, ‘Get hold of portable property’.” is a quotation taken from Great Expectations (Chapter 24). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861. Context. This quote is from Mr. John Wemmick. Wemmick is Mr Jaggers’s clerk and becomes a friend to Pip after he […]
Background. “A person who can’t pay gets another person who can’t pay to guarantee that he can pay. Like a person with two wooden legs getting another person with two wooden legs to guarantee that he has got two natural legs. It don’t make either of them able to do a walking-match” is a quotation […]
Background. “It was as true as taxes is. And nothing’s truer than them.” is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 21). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850. Context. Quotation said by the character Mr. Barkis. Mr. Barkis is a cart driver who marries Clara Peggotty. Taken […]
Background. “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery” is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 12). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850. Context. This quotation is said by the […]
Background. “We spent as much money as we could, and got as little for it as people made up their minds to give us. We were always more or less miserable, and most of our acquaintance were in the same condition. There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves, and […]
Background. “The father of this pleasant grandfather, of the neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant, was a horny-skinned, two-legged, money-getting species of spider who spun webs to catch unwary flies and retired into holes until they were entrapped. The name of this old pagan’s god was Compound Interest” is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 21). Bleak […]
Background. “These are mere business relations, … there is no friendship in them, no particular interest, nothing like sentiment. I have passed from one to another, in the course of my business life, just as I pass from one of our customers to another in the course of my business day; in short, I have […]
Background. “I have made up my mind that I must have money, Pa. I feel that I can’t beg it, borrow it, or steal it; and so I have resolved that I must marry it.” is a quotation taken from Our Mutual Friend (Book 2, Chapter 8). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens‘s fourteenth and […]
Background. “Money and goods are certainly the best of references.” is a quotation taken from Our Mutual Friend (Book 1, Chapter 4). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens‘s fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865. Have Your Say. Give your view on “Money and goods are certainly the best of […]