Charles Dickens Quotes

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence. A loving heart is the truest wisdom. This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in. Life is made of ever so many partings welded together. There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious a laughter and good humor. Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart. I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts. My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest. 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. We need never be ashamed of our tears. What greater gift than the love of a cat. You have been the last dream of my soul. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart. In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong. There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth. Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering. Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him. I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world. The broken heart. You think you will die, but you just keep living, day after day after terrible day. Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies. You are in every line I have ever read. No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day. Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade. A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self. There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair. Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood. I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me. Think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you. Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule. A man is lucky if he is the first love of a woman. A woman is lucky if she is the last love of a man. No space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused. I am what you designed me to be.I am your blade. You cannot now complain if you also feel the hurt. Sadly, sadly, the sun rose; it rose upon no sadder sight than the man of good abilities and good emotions, incapable of their directed exercise, incapable of his own help and his own happiness, sensible of the blight on him, and resigning himself to let it eat him away. A multitude of people and yet a solitude. I stole her heart away and put ice in its place. Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes. A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it. Death may beget life, but oppression can beget nothing other than itself. And I am bored to death with it. Bored to death with this place, bored to death with my life, bored to death with myself. There can be no disparity in marriage like unsuitability of mind and purpose. Trifles make the sum of life.

Charles Dickens

1812 - 1870