Top 20 Quotes from Charles Dickens

All December, Literati Pulp is celebrating ‘A Very Dickens Christmas‘ with our staff reading Dickens books and posting about Dickens.

Here are the top 20 quotes from the man himself. 

[Gathered by Regina Kenney]


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“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
A Christmas Carol


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


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“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”
Great Expectations


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“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”
Oliver Twist


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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.”
Great Expectations


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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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“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
A Tale of Two Cities


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“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.”
Great Expectations


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“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”
A Tale of Two Cities


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“And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death.”
Our Mutual Friend


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“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”


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“We need never be ashamed of our tears.”
Great Expectations


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“What greater gift than the love of a cat.”


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“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”
A Christmas Carol


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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
A Tale of Two Cities


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


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“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”
Nicholas Nickleby


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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!”
Great Expectations


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