A man is lucky if he is the first love of a woman. A woman is lucky if she is the last love of a man.

— Charles Dickens

The most practical Charles Dickens quotes that will transform you to a better person

The most important thing in life is to stop saying 'I wish' and start saying 'I will.' Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.

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Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.

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No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.

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Charles Dickens quote We need never be ashamed of our tears.

We need never be ashamed of our tears.

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A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

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

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Do all the good you can and make as little fuss about it as possible.

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Charles Dickens quote A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

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An observer of men who finds himself steadily repelled by some apparently trifling thing in a stranger is right to give it great weight. It may be the clue to the whole mystery. A hair or two will show where a lion is hidden. A very little key will open a very heavy door.

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

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The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.

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Charles Dickens quote Champagne is one of the elegant extras i

Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life.

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Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.

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Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

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Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.

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About Charles Dickens

Quotes 1001 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Writer
Birthday February 7, 1812

Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.

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If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.

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We forge the chains we wear in life.

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What greater gift than the love of a cat.

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Love her, love her, love her! If she favours you, love her.

If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces – and as it gets older and stronger, it will tear deeper – love her, love her, love her!

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Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.

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I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world.

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There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.

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Reflect upon your present blessings

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We need never be ashamed of our tears.

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I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

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On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels . . .

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For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.

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Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you have him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.

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There is probably a smell of roasted chestnuts and other good comfortable things all the time, for we are telling Winter Stories - Ghost Stories, or more shame for us - round the Christmas fire; and we have never stirred, except to draw a little nearer to it.

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There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.

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Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.

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Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.

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Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.

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Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips.

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New thoughts and hopes were whirling through my mind, and all the colours of my life were changing.

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A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self.

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It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

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it is a principle of his that no man who was not a true gentleman at heart, ever was, since the world began, a true gentleman in manner. He says, no varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself.

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That glorious vision of doing good is so often the sanguine mirage of so many good minds.

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But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round...as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.

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The world belongs to those who set out to conquer it armed with self confidence and good humour.

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Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.

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There is nothing truer than physiognomy, taken in connection with manner.

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I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.

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Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.

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Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.

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Christmas was close at hand, in all his bluff and hearty honesty;

it was the season of hospitality, merriment, and open-heartedness; the old year was preparing, like an ancient philosopher, to call his friends around him, and amidst the sound of feasting and revelry to pass gently and calmly away.

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Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!

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For the rest of his life, Oliver Twist remembers a single word of blessing spoken to him by another child because this word stood out so strikingly from the consistent discouragement around him.

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Sadly, sadly, the sun rose; it rose upon no sadder sight than the man of good abilities and good emotions, incapable of their directed exercise, incapable of his own help and his own happiness, sensible of the blight on him, and resigning himself to let it eat him away.

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You know what I am going to say. I love you. What other men may mean when they use that expression, I cannot tell; what I mean is, that I am under the influence of some tremendous attraction which I have resisted in vain, and which overmasters me.

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