Charles Dickens Quotes

February 7, 1812 - June 9, 1870
Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. He was a famous author, whose work lives on today. He is well known for his book, "A Christmas Carol" and for many others. He had a flair for words and often used humor in his writings. One of our favorites is: "Try to do unto others as you would have them do to you, and do not be discouraged if they fail sometimes. It is much better that they should fail than you should."



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
Habit   |  


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


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.
Charles Dickens, Bleak House
Helping Others   |  


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."
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Courage   |  


The broken heart. You think you will die, but you keep living, day after day after terrible day.
Charles Dickens
Quotes about Overcoming   |  


My dear children, I am very anxious that you should know something about the History of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about Him. No one ever lived, who was so good, so kind, so gentle, and so sorry for all people who did wrong, or were in anyway ill or miserable, as he was.
Charles Dickens, The Life of Our Lord
God   |  


Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.
Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby
Happiness   |  


There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.
Charles Dickens
Laughter   |  


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.
Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son
Children   |  


Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers, and are famous preservers of good looks.
Charles Dickens
Beauty   |  


Time, consoler of affliction and softener of anger.
Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son
Time   |  


Perhaps the mourners learn to look to the blue sky by day, and to the stars by night, and to think that the dead are there, and not in graves.
Charles Dickens
Grief   |  


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


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.
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
Passion   |  


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


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
Funny Quotes   |  


Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
Charles Dickens
Anger   |  


Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.
Charles Dickens
Comfort Zone   |  


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
Quotes about Life   |  


Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that.
Charles Dickens
Good   |  


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 honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.
Charles Dickens
Trust   |  


Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.
Charles Dickens
Funny Quotes about Life   |  


An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.
Charles Dickens
Communication   |  


Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
Charles Dickens
Christmas   |  


Accidents will occur in the best regulated families.
Charles Dickens
Family   |  


The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you.
Charles Dickens
Graduation Quotes   |


A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self.
Charles Dickens
Generosity   |  


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