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David Copperfield David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
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“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“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
“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“My advice is, never do to-morrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“There can be no disparity in marriage like unsuitability of mind and purpose.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“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 object at a time.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“Never," said my aunt, "be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices, Trot, and I can always be hopeful of you.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“Trifles make the sum of life. ”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“I had considered how the things that never happen, are often as much realities to us, in their effects, as those that are accomplished.”
Charles Dickens (David Copperfield), David Copperfield
“It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“I know enough of the world now to have almost lost the capacity of being much surprised by anything”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“New thoughts and hopes were whirling through my mind, and all the colours of my life were changing.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“It was a long and gloomy night that gathered on me, haunted by the ghosts of many hopes, of many dear remembrances, many errors, many unavailing sorrows and regrets.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“Try not to associate bodily defect with mental, my good friend, except for a solid reason”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“The streets looked small, of course. The streets that we have only seen as children always do I believe when we go back to them”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“You are too young to know how the world changes everyday,' said Mrs Creakle, 'and how the people in it pass away. But we all have to learn it, David; some of us when we are young, some of us when we are old, some of us at all times in our lives.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“We must meet reverses boldly, and not suffer them to frighten us, my dear. We must learn to act the play out. We must live misfortune down, Trot!”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“Janet! Donkeys!”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“It is no worse, because I write of it. It would be no better, if I stopped my most unwilling hand. Nothing can undo it; nothing can make it otherwise than as it was. ”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“Yes. He is quite a good fellow - nobody's enemy but his own.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“I only know that it was, and ceased to be; and that I have written, and there I leave it.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“These books were a way of escaping from the unhappiness of my life.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“There can't be a quarrel without two parties, and I won't be one. I will be a friend to you in spite of you. So now you know what you've got to expect”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“A display of indifference to all the actions and passions of mankind was not supposed to be such a distinguished quality at that time, I think, as I have observed it to be considered since. 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.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“This was my only and my constant comfort. When I think of it, the picture always rises in my mind, of a summer evening, the boys at play in the churchyard, and I sitting on my bed, reading as if for life.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“[W]e talk about the tyranny of words, but we like to tyrannise over them too; we are fond of having a large superfluous establishment of words to wait upon us on great occasions; we think it looks important, and sounds well. As we are not particular about the meaning of our liveries on state occassions, if they be but fine and numerous enough, so, the meaning or necessity of our words is a secondary consideration, if there be but a great parade of them. And as individuals get into trouble by making too great a show of liveries, or as slaves when they are too numerous rise against their masters, so I think I could mention a nation that has got into many great difficulties, and will get into many greater, from maintaining too large a retinue of words.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“It will be your duty, and it will be your pleasure too to estimate her (as you chose her) by the qualities that she has, and not by the qualities she may not have.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“what I want you to be - I don't mean physically but morally: you are very well physically - is a firm fellow, a fine firm fellow, with a will of your own, with resolution. with determination. with strength of character that is not to be influenced except on good reason by anybody, or by anything. That's what I want you to be. That's what your father, & your mother might both have been”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

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