40+ Best Charles Dickens Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Charles John Huffam Dickens FRSA was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Profoundly inspirational Charles Dickens quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Charles Dickens Quotes

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.

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.

For not an orphan in the wide world can be so deserted as the child who is an outcast from a living parent’s love.

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.

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

There were two classes of charitable people: one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all.

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

Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.

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.

We need never be ashamed of our tears.

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

The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.

Inspirational Charles Dickens Quotes

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.

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

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

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.

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

A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it.

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.

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

Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.

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

Have a heart that never hardens, have a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.

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

Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.

My advice is, never do to-morrow what you can do today.

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

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

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 completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.

Thus violent deeds live after men upon the earth, and traces of war and bloodshed will survive in mournful shapes long after those who worked the desolation are but atoms of earth themselves.

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.

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.

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

Man is but mortal; and there is a point beyond which human courage cannot extend.

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

I must be taken as I have been made. Success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.

Family not only needs to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also of those whom we’d give blood.

Poetry makes life what lights and music do the stage.

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.

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.

A multitude of people and yet a solitude.

Constancy in love is a good thing; but it means nothing, and is nothing, without constancy in every kind of effort.

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