Parliament

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Parliament.

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 Parliament.


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Britannia, that unfortunate female, is always before me, like a trussed fowl: skewered through and through with office-pens, and bound hand and foot with red tape.

Background. "Britannia, that unfortunate female, is always before me, like a trussed fowl: skewered through and through with office-pens, and bound hand and foot with red tape." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 43). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. This quote, by David Copperfield speaking as a parliamentary reporter. The quote, in the semi-autobiographical novel David Copperfield, reflects Charles Dickens' own experiences and observations working as a [...]

2018-09-14T14:49:14+00:00Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: , , |

Night after night, I record predictions that never come to pass, professions that are never fulfilled, explanations that are only meant to mystify.

Background. "Night after night, I record predictions that never come to pass, professions that are never fulfilled, explanations that are only meant to mystify." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 43). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. This quote, by David Copperfield speaking as a parliamentary reporter. The quote, in the semi-autobiographical novel David Copperfield, reflects Charles Dickens' own experiences and observations working as a young reporter at [...]

2018-09-12T14:57:51+00:00Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: , |

He was a tough, burly thick-headed gentleman, with a loud voice, a pompous manner, a tolerable command of sentences with no meaning in them, and, in short, every requisite for a very good member indeed.

Background. "He was a tough, burly thick-headed gentleman, with a loud voice, a pompous manner, a tolerable command of sentences with no meaning in them, and, in short, every requisite for a very good member indeed" is a quotation from Nicholas Nickleby (Chapter 16). The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, more commonly referred to as Nicholas Nickleby, is the third novel by Charles Dickens, originally serialised between 1838 and 1839.   Context. Description of Mr. Gregsbury, Member of Parliament. [...]

The arrivals increase in number, and the heat and noise increase in very unpleasant proportion.

Background. "The arrivals increase in number, and the heat and noise increase in very unpleasant proportion." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes, Chapter 18 (A Parliamentary Sketch). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. In this quote, Charles Dickens describes the atmosphere inside the Houses of Parliament. Taken from the following passage in A Parliamentary Sketch: Half-past four o’clock—and at five the mover [...]

Did you ever see a countenance so expressive of the most hopeless extreme of heavy dulness.

Background. "Did you ever see a countenance so expressive of the most hopeless extreme of heavy dulness." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes, Chapter 18 (A Parliamentary Sketch). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. Description of "a splendid sample of a Member of the House of Commons". Taken from the following passage in A Parliamentary Sketch: It is half-past twelve o’clock, and [...]

I have not the least hesitation in saying that I have the smallest amount of faith in the House of Commons.

Background. "I have not the least hesitation in saying that I have the smallest amount of faith in the House of Commons." is a quotation from a speech given by Charles Dickens at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane to the third public meeting of the Administrative Reform Association. The speech, promoting administrative reform, was given on Wednesday, 27 June 1855.   Context. Click here to read the full text of the speech.   Have Your Say. Give your view on [...]

2018-09-10T14:13:49+00:00Categories: Speeches|Tags: , |