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Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.
Barnaby Rudge (1841)


Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!
Dombey and Son (1848)


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.
A Tale of Two Cities (1859)


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.
A Tale of Two Cities (1859)


It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing so irresistibly contagious as laughter.
A Christmas Carol (1843)


You do not know...what men have done to win it (gold), and how they have found, too late, that it glitters brightest at a distance, and turns quite dim and dull when handled.
Barnaby Rudge (1841)


Ven you're a married man, Samivel, you'll understand a good many things as you don't understand now; but vether it's worthwhile, goin' through so much, to learn so little, as the charity-boy said ven he got to the end of the alphabet, is a matter o' taste.
The Pickwick Papers (1836)


I love these little people (children); and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.
The Old Curiosity Shop (1841)


Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; but it cannot be the pride of a mother in her children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues--faith and hope.
Nicholas Nickleby (1839)


It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.
A Christmas Carol (1843)


The children of the very poor are not brought up, but dragged up.
Bleak House (1853)


Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.
David Copperfield (1850)


There's nothing more regular in its coming round than dinner-time, and nothing less regular in its coming round than dinner.
The Chimes (1844)


The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.
Nicholas Nickleby (1839)


No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
Our Mutual Friend (1865)


We need be careful how we deal with those about us, when every death carries to some small circle of survivors, thoughts of so much omitted, and so little done--of so many things forgotten, and so many more which might have been repaired! There is no remorse so deep as that which is unavailing; if we would be spared its tortures, let us remember this, in time.
Oliver Twist (1839)


There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.
Hard Times (1854)


A loving heart is better and stronger than wisdom.
David Copperfield (1850)


I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.
Great Expectations (1861)


Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.
Martin Chuzzlewit (1844)


It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
Bleak House (1853)


A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
A Tale of Two Cities (1859)


People mutht be amuthed...they can't be alwayth a working, nor yet they can't be alwayth a learning.
Hard Times (1854)


There is something about a roused woman: especially if she add to all her other strong passions, the fierce impulses of recklessness and despair; which few men like to provoke.
Oliver Twist (1839)


Painters always make ladies out prettier than they are, or they wouldn't get any custom...The man that invented the machine for taking likenesses might have known that would never succeed; it's a deal too honest.
Oliver Twist (1839)


The office is one thing, and private life is another.
Great Expectations (1861)


Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.
Great Expectations (1861)


Things that are changed or gone will come back as they used to be, thank God! in sleep.
Nicholas Nickleby (1839)


To remember happiness which cannot be restored, is pain, but of a softened kind.
Nicholas Nickleby (1839)


An elasticity of spirit is happily the lot of young persons, or the world would never be stocked with old ones.
Nicholas Nickleby (1839)


The hill has not yet lifted its face to heaven that perseverance will not gain the summit of at last.
Nicholas Nickleby (1839)