15 Inspiring Quotes by Charles Dickens

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Inspiring Quotes by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is perhaps the most famous writer in the English language, but it's surprisingly difficult to find quotes from his work (or at least - accurate quotes from his work). This is perhaps because he writes so elegantly, and conversationally, that he doesn't often provide punchy, short sentences which can be easily tailored to a meme. 

Yet Dickens provided some of the most moving, inspiring, thought provoking stories ever written. His quotes may not all fit onto a meme, but they hold the power to truly uplift and inspire, so we've brought together 15 of our favourite lines from his fiction. 

"I cannot stop some dreadful things I try to stop, but I go on in the hope and trust that the time will come." - Our Mutual Friend. 

"The kindness of people is enough to break one's heart." - Martin Chuzzlewit. 

"Nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter." - A Christmas Carol. 

"All our lives, we have seen our sister-women suffer, in themselves and in their children." - A Tale of Two Cities. 

"Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine." - Oliver Twist. 

"Hearts confined with cobwebs would burst at last, and then Love was avenged." - David Copperfield. 

"What happiness was ours that day, what joy, what rest, what hope, what gratitude, what bliss!" - Bleak House. 

"It is true that 'How Not To Do It' was the great study and object of all public departments and professional politicians." - Little Dorrit.

"What if I am steeped in poverty? You lighten it, and we will be poor together." - Nicholas Nickleby. 

"I tried to bless her, tried to thank her, tried to tell her (as I had often done in letters) what an influence she had upon me; but all my efforts were in vain. My love and joy were dumb." - David Copperfield. 

"It's a dear, good world, and I love it!" - Little Dorrit. 

"He was conscious of a thousand odours floating in the air, each one connected with a thousand thoughts, and hopes, and joys, and cares long, long forgotten." - A Christmas Carol. 

"Oh, take me to your heart, my husband, for my love was founded on a rock, and it endures." - David Copperfield. 

"How it would have been a weakness in the government to break down in this attempt to practice, for popularity, on the lowest national antipathies and fears." - A Tale of Two Cities. 

"They went on, falling deeper and deeper in love, and saying nothing about it, and each shyly thinking that this love was the greatest of secrets." - Bleak House. 

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