Charles dickens the monk mindset

The English writer and social critic Charles John Huffam Dickens FRSA was born on 7 February 1812 in London and died on 9 June 1870 in London. Many consider him the greatest novelist of the Victorian era for creating some of the world’s most famous fictional characters.

In the early 20th century, critics and scholars acknowledged him as a literary genius for his works during his lifetime. Today many readers still enjoy his novels and short stories.

We struggled to narrow down the best quotes by Charles Dickens for this article.

Dickens, who was born in Portsmouth, became a factory worker when his father was jailed for debt. The illiterate writer edited a weekly journal for twenty years, wrote fifteen novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories, conducted readings and lectures extensively, and made a lot of efforts to promote children’s rights, education, and other reforms.

The Pickwick Papers, published serially between 1836 and 1839, caused a publishing sensation—largely thanks to the introduction of the character Sam Weller in the fourth episode—which inspired merchandise and spin-offs of the Pickwick series.

Dickens had become an international literary celebrity within a few years for his humour, satire, and keen observation of society and character. 

Several of his novels were serialized, which became the dominant mode of novel publishing in Victorian times. His serial publications kept readers on the edge of their seats with cliffhanger endings. 

Dickens often changed his plot and character development based on his audience’s reaction to instalment-based writing. The chiropodist of Dickens’ wife expressed distress when Miss Mowcher in David Copperfield seemed to reflect her disability, so Dickens decided to improve the character. 

Often, he incorporated current events into his plots. A new class of illiterate poor could be inspired by having each new monthly episode read to them for a halfpenny.

A Christmas Carol, written in 1843, continues to inspire adaptations of every artistic genre to this day. Both Oliver Twist and Great Expectations have been adapted frequently, like so many of his novels set in early Victorian London. 

The most famous of his historical fiction works is A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris in 1859. In response to public demand, he performed a series of public readings in the latter stages of his career as the most famous celebrity of his era.

Quotes by Charles Dickens - The Monk Mindset
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The Best Quotes by Charles Dickens

1. “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

Charles Dickens

2. “I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”

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3. “Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.”

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4. “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.”

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5. “There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”

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6. “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”

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7. “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”

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8. “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.”

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9. “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.”

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10. “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

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11. “And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death.”

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12. “We need never be ashamed of our tears.”

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13. “What greater gift than the love of a cat.”

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14. “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.”

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15. “You have been the last dream of my soul.”

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16. “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”

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17. “It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”

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18. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

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19. “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!”

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20. “I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul.”

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Quotes by Charles Dickens - The Monk Mindset

21. “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.”

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22. “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.”

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23. “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

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24. “Out of my thoughts! You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since – on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets.

You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to displace with your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be.

Estella, to the last hour of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. But, in this separation I associate you only with the good, and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you must have done me far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress I may. O God bless you, God forgive you!”

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25. “Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

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26. “Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.”

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27. “Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.”

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28. “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

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29. “‎And yet I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you to know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire.”

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30. “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.”

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31. “I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world.”

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32. “The broken heart. You think you will die, but you just keep living, day after day after terrible day.”

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33. “Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.”

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34. “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.”

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35. “You are in every line I have ever read.”

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36. “I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.”

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37. “You are fettered,” said Scrooge, trembling. “Tell me why?”

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38. “I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.”

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39. “I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. 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.”

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40. “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.”

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41. “There is a wisdom of the head, and… there is a wisdom of the heart.”

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42. “No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot.”

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43. “The unqualified truth is, that when I loved Estella with the love of a man, I loved her simply because I found her irresistible. Once for all; I knew to my sorrow, often and often, if not always, that I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.

Once for all; I love her none the less because I knew it, and it had no more influence in restraining me, than if I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection.”

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Quotes by Charles Dickens - The Monk Mindset

44. “A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.”

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45. “Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”

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46. “It is because I think so much of warm and sensitive hearts, that I would spare them from being wounded.”

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47. “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”

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48. “There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.”

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49. “So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.”

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50. “For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything. If my career were of that better kind that there was any opportunity or capacity of sacrifice in it, I would embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you. Try to hold me in your mind, at some quiet times, as ardent and sincere in this one thing.

The time will come, the time will not be long in coming, when new ties will be formed about you–ties that will bind you yet more tenderly and strongly to the home you so adorn–the dearest ties that will ever grace and gladden you. O Miss Manette, when the little picture of a happy father’s face looks up in yours, when you see your own bright beauty springing up anew at your feet, think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you!”

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51. “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”

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52. “Think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you.”

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53 “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.”

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54. “Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we’d give blood.”

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55. “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.”

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56. “Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.”

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57. “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.”

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58. “Before I go,” he said, and paused — “I may kiss her?”

It was remembered afterwards that when he bent down and touched her face with his lips, he murmured some words. The child, who was nearest to him, told them afterwards, and told her grandchildren when she was a handsome old lady, that she heard him say, “A life you love.”

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59. “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.”

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60. “No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused”

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61. “I am what you designed me to be. I am your blade. You cannot now complain if you also feel the hurt”

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