Charles John Huffam Dickens ( 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic who is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period and the creator of some of the world’s most memorable fictional characters. During his lifetime Dickens’s works enjoyed unprecedented popularity and fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was fully recognized by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to enjoy an enduring popularity among the general reading public.
Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens left school to work in a factory after his father was thrown into debtors’ prison. Though he had little formal education, his early impoverishment drove him to succeed. He edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children’s rights, education, and other social reforms.
1. I HOPE THAT REAL LOVE AND TRUTH ARE STRONGER IN THE END THAN ANY EVIL OR MISFORTUNE IN THE WORLD.
2. THERE ARE BOOKS OF WHICH THE BACKS AND COVERS ARE BY FAR THE BEST PARTS.
3. HAVE A HEART THAT NEVER HARDENS, AND A TEMPER THAT NEVER TIRES, AND A TOUCH THAT NEVER HURTS.
4. THERE IS NOTHING IN THE WORLD SO IRRESISTIBLY CONTAGIOUS AS LAUGHTER AND GOOD HUMOR.
5. IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES, IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES.
6. WHAT GREATER GIFT THAN THE LOVE OF A CAT.
7. NO ONE WHO CAN READ, EVER LOOKS AT A BOOK, EVEN UNOPENED ON A SHELF, LIKE ONE WHO CANNOT.
8. A LOVING HEART IS THE TRUEST WISDOM.
9. PROCRASTINATION IS THE THIEF OF TIME, COLLAR HIM.
10. YOU HAVE BEEN THE LAST DREAM OF MY SOUL.
11. THE PAIN OF PARTING IS NOTHING TO THE JOY OF MEETING AGAIN.
12. THERE IS A WISDOM OF THE HEAD, AND… THERE IS A WISDOM OF THE HEART.
13. I WILL HONOR CHRISTMAS IN MY HEART, AND TRY TO KEEP IT ALL THE YEAR.
14. TO A YOUNG HEART EVERYTHING IS FUN.
15. MY ADVICE IS TO NEVER DO TOMORROW WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY. PROCRASTINATION IS THE THIEF OF TIME.
16. THERE IS PRODIGIOUS STRENGTH IN SORROW AND DESPAIR.
17. DEATH MAY BEGET LIFE, BUT OPPRESSION CAN BEGET NOTHING OTHER THAN ITSELF.
18. I HAVE BEEN BENT AND BROKEN, BUT – I HOPE – INTO A BETTER SHAPE.
19. GIVE ME A MOMENT, BECAUSE I LIKE TO CRY FOR JOY. IT’S SO DELICIOUS, JOHN DEAR, TO CRY FOR JOY.