Charles Dickens 1812 – 1870 was an English author who wrote such classics as ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Great Expectations’, ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ and ‘Oliver Twist’. 
He is regarded as the greatest dramatist of the Victorian era. 
‘Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts’ 
‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’ 
‘A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self’ 
‘There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart’ 
‘It is a far, far better thing than I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known’ 
‘I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free’ 
‘There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts’ 
‘Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade’ 
‘Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule’ 
‘Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes’ 
‘To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart’ 
‘The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again’ 
‘Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts’ 
‘The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists’ 
‘No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else’ 
‘This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in’ 
‘Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door’ 
‘A boy’s story is the best that is ever told’ 
‘We forge the chains we wear in life’ 
‘There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth’ 
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