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The Best Charles Dickens Quotes

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A list of the best Charles Dickens quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Charles Dickens quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Charles Dickens quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Charles Dickens should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Charles Dickens quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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    Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

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    A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

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    The word of a gentleman is as good as his bond; and sometimes better.

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    Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature .

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    A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.

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    The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world, brother.

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

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    Keep out of Chancery. It's being ground to bits in a slow mill; it's being roasted at a slow fire; it's being stung to death by single bees; it's being drowned by drops; it's going mad by grains.

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    My other piece of advice, Copperfield, said Mr. Micawber, you know. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, andand, in short, you are for ever floored. As I am!

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    A man in public life expects to be sneered at -- it is the fault of his elevated situation, and not of himself.

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    Regrets are the natural property of gray hairs.

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    Minds, like bodies, will fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.

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    When you're a married man, Samivel, you'll understand a good many things as you don't understand now; but whether it's worth while, going through so much, to learn so little, as the charity-boy said when he got to the end of the alphabet, is a matter o taste.

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    Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

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    He had but one eye and the pocket of prejudice runs in favor of two.

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    I do not know the American gentleman, God forgive me for putting two such words together.

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    Lord, keep my memory green.

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    Mind like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.

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

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    You have been the last dream of my soul. - A Tale of Two Cities

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    Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.

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    Many merry Christmases, friendships, great accumulation of cheerful recollections, affection on earth, and Heaven at last for all of us.

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    The whole difference between construction and creation is 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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    No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.

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    Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!