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45 Memorable Quotes by Charles Dickens

Famous Charles Dickens Quotes

Charles Dickens was a social critic and a well known English writer. The created some of the largely recognized characters. He is commonly considered as the best novelist of the Victorian times. Today on his 203rd Birthday, here we wish him “Happy Birthday” by listing down some of the best quotes by him.

Charles Dickens Quotes

  1. “Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.” – Charles Dickens
  2. “An idea, like a ghost … must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.” – Charles Dickens
  3. “The word of a gentleman is as good as his bond; and sometimes better.” – Charles Dickens
  4. “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” – Charles Dickens
  5. “There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.” – Charles Dickens
  6. “Great men are seldom over scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.” – Charles Dickens
  7. “It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.” – Charles Dickens
  8. “Never close your lips to those to whom you have opened your heart.” – Charles Dickens
  9. “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” – Charles Dickens
  10. “If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.” – Charles Dickens
  11. “I feel an earnest and humble desire, and shall till I die, to increase the stock of harmless cheerfulness.” – Charles Dickens
  12. “Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!” – Charles Dickens
  13. “Mind like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.” – Charles Dickens
  14. “I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.” – Charles Dickens
  15. “There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.” – Charles Dickens
  16. “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.” – Charles Dickens
  17. “Regrets are the natural property of gray hairs.” – Charles Dickens
  18. “Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!” – Charles Dickens
  19. “Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you’ve conquered human nature.” – Charles Dickens
  20. “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” – Charles Dickens
  21. “A man in public life expects to be sneered at — it is the fault of his elevated situation, and not of himself.” – Charles Dickens
  22. “So now, as an infallible way of making little ease great ease, I began to contract a quantity of debt.” – Charles Dickens
  23. “Anything for the quick life, as the man said when he took the situation at the lighthouse.”
  24. “It was as true … as turnips is. It was as true … as taxes is. And nothing’s truer than them.” – Charles Dickens
  25. “Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity.” – Charles Dickens
  26. “Here’s the rule for bargains. ‘Do other men, for they would do you.’ That’s the true business precept.” – Charles Dickens
  27. “With affection beaming in one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.” – Charles Dickens
  28. “I am the only child of parents who weighed, measured, and priced everything; for whom what could not be weighed, measured, and priced, had no existence.” – Charles Dickens
  29. “Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence.” – Charles Dickens
  30. “Money and goods are certainly the best of references.” – Charles Dickens
  31. “A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.” – Charles Dickens
  32. “For gold conjures up a mist about a man, more destructive of all his old senses and lulling to his feelings than the fumes of charcoal.” – Charles Dickens
  33. “If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.” – Charles Dickens
  34. “To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.” – Charles Dickens
  35. “It was a good thing to have a couple of thousand people all rigid and frozen together, in the palm of one’s hand.” – Charles Dickens
  36. “Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens
  37. “The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world brother.” – Charles Dickens
  38. “There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” – Charles Dickens
  39. “He had but one eye and the pocket of prejudice runs in favor of two.” – Charles Dickens
  40. “’Tis love that makes the world go round, my baby.” – Charles Dickens
  41. “There is wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.” – Charles Dickens
  42. “We forge the chains we wear in life.” – Charles Dickens
  43. “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” – Charles Dickens
  44. “Men were weighed by their dollars, measures gauged by their dollars; life was auctioneered, appraised, put up, and knocked down for its dollars.” – Charles Dickens
  45. “Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.” – Charles Dickens

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