These 30 Charles Dickens quotes may help you see the real value of life.
Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812. Considered as one of the greatest novelists of the Victorian era, his writings attained huge success during his lifetime. The characters in his stories are also some of the world’s well-known fictional characters. Dickens’ success as an author began in 1836 with the serial publication of The Pickwick Papers.
In the next few years, he attained greater prominence for his works. His novels were published in monthly or weekly installments, which started the serial publication of narrative fiction. A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, and Oliver Twist are just some of the popular titles which have since been adapted to stage, film and television productions.
His works are reflective of his humor and satire and his astute examination of character and society. Up to this day, he is greatly respected and lauded for his unique voice in writing, most notably for his realism, comedy, and social criticisms.
Dickens never received any formal training or education, but this didn’t stop him from flourishing. For two decades, he edited a weekly journal, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, and hundreds of short stories. Dickens was also an active social activist. He strongly campaigned for children’s rights, education, and numerous other social reforms.
Here are 30 Charles Dickens quotes to inspire you to love unconditionally, to live well, and most importantly, to cry for joy.
There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. – Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”
I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. – Charles Dickens, “Great Expectations”
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. – Charles Dickens, “Hard Times”
I have a great deal of difficulty in beginning to write my portion of these pages, for I know I am not clever. – Charles Dickens, “Bleak House”
It is because I think so much of warm and sensitive hearts, that I would spare them from being wounded. – Charles Dickens, “Oliver Twist”
Love, though said to be afflicted with blindness, is a vigilant watchman. – Charles Dickens, “Our Mutual Friend”
Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him. – Charles Dickens, “David Copperfield”
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. – Charles Dickens, “Doctor Marigold”
Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes. – Charles Dickens, “Nicholas Nickleby”
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There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts. – Charles Dickens, “Oliver Twist”
That I growed up a man and not a beast says something for me. – Charles Dickens, “The Chimes”
We need never be ashamed of our tears. – Charles Dickens, “Great Expectations”
A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. – Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”
No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused. – Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”
Every failure teaches a man something if he will learn; and you are too sensible a man not to learn from this failure. – Charles Dickens, “Little Dorrit”
The loveliest things in life are but shadows; they come and go, and change and fade away. – Charles Dickens, “Martin Chuzzlewit”
The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. – Charles Dickens, “Nicholas Nickleby”
There is a wisdom of the head, and… there is a wisdom of the heart. – Charles Dickens, “Hard Times”
Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of the earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle. – Charles Dickens, “Great Expectations”
Give me a moment, because I like to cry for joy. It’s so delicious, John dear, to cry for joy. – Charles Dickens, “Our Mutual Friend”
So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise. – Charles Dickens, “Great Expectations”
It is a pleasant world we live in, sir, a very pleasant world. There are bad people in it, Mr. Richard, but if there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers. – Charles Dickens, “The Old Curiosity Shop”
I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world. – Charles Dickens, “David Copperfield”
Every man thinks his own geese swans. – Charles Dickens, “The Cricket on the Hearth”
Have I yet to learn that the hardest and best-borne trials are those which are never chronicled in any earthly record, and are suffered every day! – Charles Dickens, “The Old Curiosity Shop”
There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair. – Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”
All that is loathsome, drooping, or decayed is here. – Charles Dickens, “American Notes For General Circulation”
He was a dreamer in such wise, because he was a man who had, deep-rooted in his nature, a belief in all the gentle and good things his life had been without. – Charles Dickens, “Little Dorrit”
Let us take heed how we laugh without reason, lest we cry with it. – Charles Dickens, “Martin Chuzzlewit”
No varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself. – Charles Dickens, “Great Expectations”
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