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CHARLES DICKENS
English novelist
(1812 - 1870)
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I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
      - [Christmas]

If ever household affections and loves are graceful things, they are graceful in the poor. The ties that bind the wealthy and the proud to home may be forged on earth, but those which link the poor man to his humble hearth are of the true metal and bear the stamp of heaven.
      - [Home]

In the destroyer's steps there spring up bright creations that defy his power and his dark path becomes a way of light to heaven.
      - [Death]

In the exhaustless catalogue of Heaven's mercies to mankind, the power we have of finding some germs of comfort in the hardest trials must ever occupy the foremost place; not only because it supports and upholds us when we most require to be sustained, but because in this source of consolation there is something, we have reason to believe, of the Divine Spirit; something of that goodness which detects, amidst our own evil doings, a redeeming quality; something, which even in our fallen nature, we possess in common with the angels; which had its being in the old time when they trod the earth, and linger on it yet in pity.
      - [Comfort]

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.
      - [Injustice]

Indifference to all the actions and passions of mankind was not supposed to be such a distinguished quality at that time, I think. I have known it very fashionable indeed. I have seen it displayed with such success that I have encountered some fine ladies and gentlemen who might as well have been born caterpillars.
      - [Cynicism]

It always grieves me to contemplate the initiation of children into the ways of life when they are scarcely more than infants. It checks their confidence and simplicity, two of the best qualities that heaven gives them, and demands that they share our sorrows before they are capable of entering into our enjoyments.
      - [Children]

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-humor.
      - [Laughter]

It is an exquisite and beautiful thing in our nature, that, when the heart is touched and softened by some tranquil happiness or affectionate feeling, the memory of the dead comes over it most powerfully and irresistibly. It would seem almost as though our better thoughts and sympathies were charms, in virtue of which the soul is enabled to hold some vague and mysterious intercourse with the spirits of those whom we loved in life. Alas! how often and how long may these patient angels hover around us, watching for the spell which is so soon forgotten!
      - [Death]

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.
      - [Christmas]

It is something to look upon enjoyment, so that it be free and wild, and in the face of Nature, though it be but the enjoyment of an idiot. It is something to know that Heaven has left the capacity of gladness in such a creature's breast.
      - [Happiness]

It is when our budding hopes are nipped beyond recovery by some rough wind, that we are the most disposed to picture to ourselves what flowers it might have borne, if they had flourished.
      - [Hope]

It will be very generally found that those who will sneer habitually at human nature, and affect to despise it, are among its worst and least pleasant samples.
      - [Human Nature]

Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.
      - [Life]

Long may it remain in this mixed world a question not easy of decision, which is the more beautiful evidence of the Almighty's goodness, the soft white hand formed for the ministrations of sympathy and tenderness, or the rough hard hand which the heart softens, teaches, and guides in a moment.
      - [Providence]

Lord love you! when we see what some people do all the week--people who are stanch at church, remember--I can't help thinking there are a good many poor souls who are only Christians at morning and afternoon service.
      - [Hypocrisy]

May I tell you why it seems to me a good thing for us to remember wrong that has been done us? That we may forgive it.
      - [Forgiveness]

Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.
      - [Mind]

Missionaries are perfect nuisances and leave every place worse than they found it.
      - [Missionaries]

Money, Paul, can do anything.
      - [Money]

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.
      - [Nature]

Nature often enshrines gallant and noble hearts in weak bosoms--oftenest, God bless her!--in female breasts.
      - [Bravery]

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
      - [Uselessness]

Novelties please less than they impress.
      - [Novelty]

O, if the deeds of human creatures could be traced to their source, how beautiful would even death appear; for how much charity, mercy, and purified affection would be seen to have their growth in dusty graves!
      - [Death]


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