Workhouse

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Workhouse.

 

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 the Workhouse.


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The great principle of out-of-door relief is, to give the paupers exactly what they don’t want; and then they get tired of coming.

Background. "The great principle of out-of-door relief is, to give the paupers exactly what they don’t want; and then they get tired of coming." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 23). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Quote said by Mr. Bumble, the parish Beadle. Bumble is giving his views on poor relief to Mrs. Corney. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 23 of Oliver [...]

2018-09-09T20:43:13+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , |

All skeleton within, all bonnet and cloak without.

  Background.   "All skeleton within, all bonnet and cloak without." is a quotation from A Walk in a Workhouse. A Walk in a Workhouse was an article written by Charles Dickens about a visit to a London workhouse. It was first published on Saturday, 25 May, 1850, in Dickens own magazine Household Words.   Context. Dickens describes elderly women in a workhouse. Taken from the following passage in A Walk in a Workhouse: Among this congregation, were some evil-looking [...]

Please, sir, I want some more.

Background. "Please, sir, I want some more" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 2). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.     Context. Image from the 1968 musical Oliver! in which Oliver Twist (played by Mark Lester) asks for more food. Taken from the following paragraph in Chapter 2: The evening arrived; the boys took their places. The master, in his cook’s uniform, stationed himself at the [...]

2018-02-21T20:30:57+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , , , |

Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse.

Background. "Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 1). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. These are the opening words of Oliver Twist, [...]

2017-12-08T13:15:01+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , |

The bowls never wanted washing.

Background. "The bowls never wanted washing." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 2). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Taken from the following paragraph in Chapter 2 of Oliver Twist: The bowls never wanted washing. The boys polished them with their spoons till they shone again; and when they had performed this operation (which never took very long, the spoons being nearly as large as the bowls), [...]

2018-08-10T07:12:13+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , , |