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English novelist
(1812 - 1870)
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Jobling, there are chords in the human mind.
      - Bleak House (ch. XX) [Sympathy]

It's my girl that advises. She has the head. But I never own to it before her. Discipline must be maintained.
      - Bleak House (ch. XXVII) [Wives]

"Gracious heavens!" he cries out, leaping up and catching hold of his hair, "what's this? Print!"
      - Christmas Stories--Somebody's Luggage
         (ch. III) [Authorship]

Dombey sat in the corner of the darkened room in the great arm-chair by the bedside, and Son lay tucked up warm in a little basket bedstead, carefully disposed on a low settee immediately in front of the fire and close to it, as if his constitution were analogous to that of a muffin, and it was essential to toast him brown while he was very new.
      - Dombey and Son [Books (First Lines)]

When found, make a note of.
      - Dombey and Son (ch. 15) [Journalism]

He's tough, ma'am--tough is J.B.; tough and de-vilish sly.
      - Dombey and Son (ch. VII) [Character]

The Bearings of this observation lays in the application on it.
      - Dombey and Son (ch. XXIII) [Morality]

Father is rather vulgar, my dear. The word Papa, besides, gives a pretty form to the lips. Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism are all very good words for the lips; especially prunes and prism.
      - Dombey and Son (pt. II, ch. V) [Words]

"Wal'r, my boy," replied the captain; "in the Proverbs of Solomon you will find the following words: 'May we never want a friend in need, nor a bottle to give him!' When found, make a note of."
      - Dombey and Son (vol. I, ch. XV) [Friends]

I took her hand in mine, and we went out of the ruined place; and, as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so, the evening mists were rising now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw no shadow of another parting from her.
      - Great Expectations [Books (Last Lines)]

My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.
      - Great Expectations [Books (First Lines)]

Mr. Wopsle's great-aunt conquered a confirmed habit of living into which she had fallen.
      - Great Expectations (ch. 16) [Life]

If the parks be "the lungs of London" we wonder what Greenwich Fair is--a periodical breaking out, we suppose--a sort of spring rash.
      - Greenwich Fair [London]

'Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children. Stick to Facts, sir!'
      - Hard Times (ch. 1) [Books (First Lines)]

Old Time, that greatest and longest established spinner of all! . . . his factory is a secret place, his work is noiseless, and his Hands are mutes.
      - Hard Times (I, 14) [Time]

Thirty years ago, Marseilles lay burning in the sun, one day.
      - Little Dorrit [Books (First Lines)]

Whatever was required to be done, the Circumlocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving--HOW NOT TO DO IT.
      - Little Dorrit (bk. I, ch. X)
        [Government : Law]

Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events; the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter.
      - Oliver Twist [Books (First Lines)]

Within the altar of the old village church there stands a white marble tablet, which bears as yet but one word: "AGNES." There is no coffin in that tomb; and may it be many, many years, before another name is placed above it! But, if the spirits of the Dead ever come back to earth, to visit spots hallowed by the love--the love beyond the grave--of those whom they knew in life, I believe that the shade of Agnes sometimes hovers round that solemn nook. I believe it none the less because that nook is in a Church, and she was weak and erring.
      - Oliver Twist [Books (Last Lines)]

Known by the sobriquet of "The Artful Dodger."
      - Oliver Twist (ch. 8) [Names]

Oliver Twist has asked for more.
      - Oliver Twist (ch. II) [Hunger]

"If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble, "the law is an ass, a idiot."
      - Oliver Twist (ch. LI) [Arithmetic : Law]

In these times of ours, though concerning the exact year there is no need to be precise, a boat of dirty and disreputable appearance, with two figures in it, floated on the Thames, between Southwark Bridge which is of iron, and London Bridge which is of stone, as an autumn evening was closing in.
      - Our Mutual Friend [Books (First Lines)]

Why then we should drop into poetry.
      - Our Mutual Friend (bk. I, ch. V) [Poetry]

I know their tricks and their manners.
      - Our Mutual Friend (bk. II, ch. I)

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