25 Quotes by Charles Dickens to get you thinking

Today I thought it would be interesting to explore some quotes by Charles Dickens.

Charles John Huffam Dickens was a famous English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.

Dickens’ works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime and, by the 20th century, critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories are still widely read today.

However, don’t assume Dickens had an easy start in life. He left school at the age of 12 to work in a boot-blacking factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors’ prison.

Nevertheless, after three years, he returned to education, before eventually, he began his literary career as a journalist. The rest, as they say, is history.

In addition to his written work, he campaigned vigorously for children’s rights, education, and other social reforms.

He was certainly a man who left his mark on life. So, he was well worth listening to, I think.

Here are 25 quotes by Charles Dickens that will get you thinking. Please feel free to share them.

Quotes by Charles Dickens (1-12):

  1. We are so very ‘umble.
  2. He would make a lovely corpse.
  3. A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
  4. We forge the chains we wear in life.
  5. I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.
  6. Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs.
  7. ‘Tis love that makes the world go round, my baby.
  8. Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!
  9. A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.
  10. Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.
  11. Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.
  12. The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.

Quotes by Charles Dickens (13- 25)

  1. There is a wisdom of the head and a wisdom of the heart.
  2. If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.
  3. The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you.
  4. The one great principle of English law is to make business for itself.
  5. It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
  6. No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
  7. There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.
  8. The civility which money will purchase is rarely extended to those who have none.
  9. Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
  10. Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
  11. I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate on one subject at a time.
  12. The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed, but a thing created is loved before it exists.
  13. 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.

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