Philanthropy

We are quite in a childlike state altogether, representing an infant institution, and not even yet a grown-up company.

Background. "We are quite in a childlike state altogether, representing an infant institution, and not even yet a grown-up company." is a quotation from a 1858 speech given by Charles Dickens at Freemasons’ Hall (Covent Garden), London. The speech, in support of the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street, London, was given on 9 February 1858.   Context. Taken from the following part of the speech Dickens gave: Ladies and gentlemen — It is one of my rules [...]

There were two classes of charitable people; one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all.

Background. "There were two classes of charitable people; one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 8). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context.  Taken from the following passage in Chapter 8 (Covering [...]

2018-01-04T22:51:11+00:00 Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

The African project at present employs my whole time.

Background. "The African project at present employs my whole time." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 4). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 4 of Bleak House:  "You find me, my dears," said Mrs. Jellyby, snuffing the two great office candles in tin candlesticks, which made the room taste strongly of [...]

2017-12-08T13:07:49+00:00 Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

He has no idea, poor wretch, of the spiritual destitution of a coral reef in the Pacific or what it costs to look up the precious souls among the coco-nuts and bread-fruit.

Background. "He has no idea, poor wretch, of the spiritual destitution of a coral reef in the Pacific or what it costs to look up the precious souls among the coco-nuts and bread-fruit." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 16). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 16 of Bleak House: Jo [...]

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