Charles Dickens Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Charles Dickens quotes and Charles Dickens sayings, and Charles Dickens proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions."

"‘Do you spell it with a ‘V’ or a ‘W’?’ inquired the judge. ‘That depends upon the taste and fancy of the speller, my Lord’."

"Renunciation remains sorrow, though a sorrow borne willingly. "

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

"Send forth the child and childish man together, and blush for the pride that libels our own old happy state, and gives its title to an ugly and distorted image. "

"It is a pleasant thing to reflect upon, and furnishes a complete answer to those who contend for the gradual degeneration of the human species, that every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last."

"The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons."

"Cows are my passion. What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a Swiss farm, and live entirely surrounded by cows – and china."

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

"He would make a lovely corpse. "

"That sort of half sigh, which, accompanied by two or three slight nods of the head, is pity’s small change in general society. "

"Oh the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called man! Oh the little that unhinges it, poor creatures that we are!"

"Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he’s well dressed. There ain’t much credit in that."

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

"You don’t carry in your countenance a letter of recommendation."

"Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration."

"The one great principle of English law is to make business for itself."

"May not the complaint, that common people are above their station, often take its rise in the fact of uncommon people being below theirs?"

"There are not a few among the disciples of charity who require, in their vocation, scarcely less excitement than the votaries of pleasure in theirs. "

"Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine."

"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."

"The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you."

"When a man bleeds inwardly, it is a dangerous thing for himself; but when he laughs inwardly, it bodes no good to other people."

"‘Tis love that makes the world go round, my baby."

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

"I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. "

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

"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; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest."

"There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart."

"There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth."

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