Charles Dickens

England
7 Feb 1812 // 9 Jun 1870
Writer

Quotes



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.
Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.
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.
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.
Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies.
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!
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.
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.
I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.
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