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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21 quotes about success that will make you think

Quotes about success

Many people say they want to be successful, but few achieve success in any meaningful way.

That said, one person’s success is another person’s failure.

We all have different ideas about what constitutes success.

For some people, it’s all about owning a million-dollar mansion, whereas for others, just being happy and content would be their measure of success.

What does success mean to you?

There are 21 thought-provoking quotes about success in today’s post to help you reflect on what success means to you.

However you choose to define success, it is possible to get to where you’d like to be with effort and determination.

Just decide where you want to go and don’t stop until you get there, though not before you’ve read today’s thought-provoking quotes about success.

Not only are they thought-provoking, but you should find them motivating and inspirational too, dear reader. I hope so, anyway.

Quotes about success:

  1. Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. ~Stephen King
  2. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. ~Herman Cain
  3. Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. ~Richard Branson
  4. Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat. ~Malcolm S. Forbes
  5. The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. ~Albert Ellis
  6. You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. ~George Lorimer
  7. If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it. ~Olin Miller
  8. The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do. ~Roy L. Smith
  9. Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. ~Lucille Ball
  10. Quotes about successSuccess is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. ~Orison Swett Marden
  11. You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. ~Albert Einstein
  12. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ~Abraham Lincoln
  13. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~John R. Wooden
  14. Spend eighty per cent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday. ~Brian Tracy
  15. Success means having the courage, determination, and will to become the person you believe you were meant to be. ~George Sheehan
  16. The secret to success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. ~Benjamin Disraeli
  17. There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed. ~Ray Goforth
  18. Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. ~Napoleon Hill
  19. You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. ~Clay P. Bedford
  20. The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. ~Mark Caine
  21. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. ~Robert Collier
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