Charles Dickens Quotes

Most popular Charles Dickens Quotes

It's a mad world. Mad as Bedlam.
— Charles Dickens
A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
— Charles Dickens
Charity begins at home and justice next door.
— Charles Dickens
Surprises, like misfortunes, seldom come alone.
In love of home, the love of country has its rise.
— Charles Dickens
Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.
— Charles Dickens

justice

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

lawyers

Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.
— Charles Dickens

babies

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

lawyers

This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.
— Charles Dickens
There is a wisdom of the head, and ... a wisdom of the heart.
— Charles Dickens

wisdom

Detestation of the high is the involuntary homage of the low.

greatness

Never close your lips to those to whom you have opened your heart.
— Charles Dickens
There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.

emotion

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
— Charles Dickens
There is no disparity in marriage like unsuitability of mind and purpose.
— Charles Dickens
There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.

portraits

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
— Charles Dickens
A man ain't got no right to be a public man, unless he meets the public views.
— Charles Dickens
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.
— Charles Dickens

service purpose of life

There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast.

hunting

The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.

success & failure

There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.
— Charles Dickens
Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence.  There's no better rule.
Ah, if only I had brought a cigar with me! This would have established my identity.
— Charles Dickens

cigars Cigar

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.
— Charles Dickens

wise how to live life

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
— Charles Dickens
Cheerfulness and content are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.
— Charles Dickens
Cheerfulness and content are great beautifiers, and are famous preservers of youthful looks.
— Charles Dickens
O let us love our occupations. Live upon our daily rations, and always know our proper stations.
— Charles Dickens
Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.
— Charles Dickens

adversity comfort mind

Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human natur'.  That is the way to inculcate strength of mind.

appetite

Credit is a system whereby a person who can not pay gets another person who can not pay to guarantee that he can pay.
— Charles Dickens

credit

Ride on! Roughshod if need be, smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on! Ride on over all obstacles, and win the race!
— Charles Dickens
Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
— Charles Dickens
Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
— Charles Dickens
So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.
Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.

tears

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
— Charles Dickens
The one serviceable, safe, certain, remunerative, attainable quality in every study and every pursuit is the quality of attention.
— Charles Dickens

Attention

After a few days, the affair began to be forgotten, as most affairs are, when wonder, having no fresh food to support it, dies away of itself.

forgetting

Old Time, that greatest and longest established spinner of all! ... his factory is a secret place, his work is noiseless, and his hands are mutes.
— Charles Dickens

time

Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely.
— Charles Dickens

commitment

In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice.
— Charles Dickens

parenting

Treat everyone with politeness—even those who are rude to you. For remember that you show courtesy to others not because they are gentlemen, but because you are one.
— Charles Dickens

politeness

Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort, and like them, are often successfully cured by remedies in themselves very nauseous and unpalatable.

comfort

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen [pounds] nineteen [shillings] and six [pence], result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.
— Charles Dickens

thrift

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.
— Charles Dickens

nature

It has often been said, very truly, that religion is the thing that makes the ordinary man feel extraordinary; it is an equally important truth that religion is the thing that makes the extraordinary man feel ordinary.

religion

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of 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

crying

I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance, any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.

honesty

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, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.