10 Delightful Dickens Quotes

There’s just no excuse: if you are not reading Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in December, you are plain missing out on part of the Christmas spirit.

Upon closing the final pages of A Christmas Carol, it is all one can do not to run out into the streets shouting “Merry Christmas, everyone!” in a heartfelt and overly loud voice. The book is just genuinely wonderful and it’s also quite short, so you can actually read it on Christmas Eve, preferably by a large fireplace.

Charles Dickens

Well it’s not just in A Christmas Carol where Charles Dickens says things that are witty and wonderful. Take a look at this:

10 Delightful Dickens Quotes

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

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

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

– From A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

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

5. “My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”

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

– From Nicholas Nickleby

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

– From Great Expectations

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

– From Oliver Twist

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

– From A Christmas Carol

10. “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.”  

– From Great Expectations.


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