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Born: 1812-02-07
Died: 1870-06-09

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'A merry Christmas, uncle, God save you' cried a cheerful voice. 'Bah' said Scrooge. 'Humbug'
- Charles Dickens
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'At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge,' said the gentleman, taking up a pen, 'it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. ... We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.'
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'Out upon merry Christmas What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer... If I could work my will,' said Scrooge indignantly, 'every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' upon his lips should be boiled with his won pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should'
- Charles Dickens
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...it was always said of him Scrooge that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us
- Charles Dickens
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A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self.
- Charles Dickens
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A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
- Charles Dickens
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A man who could build a church, as one may say, by squinting at a sheet of paper.
- Charles Dickens
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A merry Christmas to everybody A happy New Year to all the world
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A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it! - A Tale Of Two Cities
- Charles Dickens
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Accidents will occur in the best regulated families.
- Charles Dickens
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Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.
- Charles Dickens
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Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that.
- Charles Dickens
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But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round...as a good time a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.
- Charles Dickens
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By the time we hit fifty, we have learned our hardest lessons. We have found out that only a few things are really important. We have learned to take life seriously, but never ourselves.
- Charles Dickens
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Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.
- Charles Dickens
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Credit is a system whereby a person who can not pay gets another person who can not pay to guarantee that he can pay.
- Charles Dickens
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Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
- Charles Dickens
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I do not know the American gentleman, god forgive me for putting two such words together.
- Charles Dickens
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I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honestly out of countenance any day of the week, if there is anything to get got by it.
- Charles Dickens
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I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us. - The Old Curiosity Shop
- Charles Dickens
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I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time...
- Charles Dickens
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I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.
- Charles Dickens
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I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.
- Charles Dickens
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If a pig could give his mind to anything, he would not be a pig.
- Charles Dickens
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If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.
- Charles Dickens
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In love of home, the love of country has its rise.
- Charles Dickens
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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.
- Charles Dickens
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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.
- Charles Dickens
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It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations. - Bleak House
- Charles Dickens
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It was a turkey He could never have stood upon his legs, that bird He would have snapped 'em off short in a minute, like sticks of sealing wax.
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It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, "God Bless Us, Every One!
- Charles Dickens
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
- Charles Dickens
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Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.
- Charles Dickens
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No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
- Charles Dickens
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Once upon a time--of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve--old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house.
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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. - Great Expectations
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Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
- Charles Dickens
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So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise. - Great Expectations
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Somehow he Tim gets thoughtful sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant for them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.
- Charles Dickens
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Spring is the time of the year, when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade. - Great Expectations
- Charles Dickens
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Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature.
- Charles Dickens
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The law is sic a ass - a idiot.
- Charles Dickens
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Then Bob proposed 'A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us' Which all his family re-echoed. 'God bless us every one' said Tiny Tim, the last of all.
- Charles Dickens
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There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.
- Charles Dickens
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There is always something for which to be thankful.
- Charles Dickens
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There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.
- Charles Dickens
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Train up a fig tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it.
- Charles Dickens
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We need never be ashamed of our tears.
- Charles Dickens
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Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.
- Charles Dickens
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With affection beaming out of one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.
- Charles Dickens
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