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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 from David Copperfield.
But our wishes are like tinder: the flint and steel of circumstances are continually striking out sparks, which vanish immediately, unless they chance to fall upon the tinder of our wishes; then, they instantly ignite, and the flame of hope is kindled in a moment. -- Anne Bronte from Agnes Grey.
She better liked to see him free and happy, even than to have him near her, because she loved him better than herself. -- Charles Dickens from Barnaby Rudge."Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory." -- Joseph Conrad from Lord Jim.


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He seemed a kind of cannon loaded to the muzzle with facts, and prepared to blow them clean out of the regions of childhood at one discharge. He seemed a galvanizing apparatus, too, charged with a grim mechanical substitute for the tender young imaginations that were to be stormed away. -- Charles Dickens from Hard Times.
We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft. -- Mark Twain from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain, and see even here, upon a winter's day, how beautiful the shadows are! Alas! it is the nature of their kind to be so. The loveliest things in life, Tom, are but shadows; and they come and go, and change and fade away, as rapidly as these! -- Charles Dickens from Martin Chuzzlewit.If a man has committed wrong in life, I don't know any moralist more anxious to point his errors out to the world than his own relations. -- William Makepeace Thackeray from Vanity Fair.