Regret

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Regret.

 

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 400 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 Regret.


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What have I done! What have I done! What have I done!

Background. "What have I done! What have I done! What have I done!" is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 49). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quotation said by Miss Havisham. Later on into the story of Great Expectations, Miss Havisham repents when Estella leaves to marry Pip's rival, Bentley Drummle and she realises that she has caused Pip’s heart to be broken in the same manner as her own. [...]

2018-04-15T21:26:38+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.

Background. "No space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing Ebenezer Scrooge (left), here being visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley. Context. The quote is said by the ghost [...]

2018-05-02T07:59:15+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|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+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life!

Background. "Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life!" is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 4). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quote is said by Ebenezer Scrooge and taken from the following passage at the end of Stave 4: The Spirit was immovable as ever. Scrooge crept towards it, trembling [...]

2018-04-07T09:43:49+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of the things that May be only?

Background. "Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of the things that May be only?" is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 4). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. Taken from the passage: “Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point,” said Scrooge, “answer me one question. Are these the shadows of [...]

2017-12-08T13:12:11+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.

Background. "I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape" is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 59). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 59 of Great Expectations, in which Estella is talking to Pip about their friendship: "But you said to me, returned Estella, very earnestly, “God bless you, God forgive you!’ And if you could say [...]

2018-04-15T20:49:22+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |

There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth.

Background. "There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 59). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. This quotation is said by Estella in a conversation with Pip at the end of the novel Great Expectations. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 59 of [...]

2018-05-02T10:19:54+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |