Here are the best Charles Dickens quotes from A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens Quotes from A Tale of Two Cities


First published in 1859, A Tale of Two Cities is a story set in London and Paris during and prior to the French Revolution. It details how the French aristocracy demoralised French peasantry in the years before the revolution, showing the brutality of the revolutionaries towards the aristocracy, revealing the social parallels between London and France at the time. The main characters are former French aristocrat Charles Darnay,  and British barrister Sydney Carton, who attemps to make amends for his ill spent life out of love for Lucie Manetee, Darnay’s wife.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”

― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities


“You have been the last dream of my soul.”


“A multitude of people and yet solitude.”


“There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.”


“A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.”


“Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.”


“Then tell Wind and Fire where to stop,” returned madame; “but don’t tell me.”


“There is a man who would give his life to keep a life you love beside you.”

“Nothing that we do, is done in vain. I believe, with all my soul, that we shall see triumph.”


“He knew enough of the world to know that there is nothing in it better than the faithful service of the heart.”

Charles Dickens Quotes A Tale of Two Cities

“Drive him fast to his tomb. This, from Jacques.”


“That glorious vision of doing good is so often the sanguine mirage of so many good minds.”


“Detestation of the high is the involuntary homage of the low.”

Here are the very best Charles Dickens quotes from Bleak House and Great Expectations. I hope these inspire my fellow writers! I’ll be sharing more Charles Dickens quotes soon (they’re inspiring me on my next self published book) so be sure to join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Charles Dickens Bleak House Quote

Bleak House is considered to be the main masterpiece by Charles Dickens. Bleak House regards a generation long lawsuit which has led “family to inherit legendary hatreds.” Bleak House is about Esther Summerson’s coming of age and the revelation of secrets. The backdrop to Bleak House is the Court of Chancer



Mixing satire, mystery, romance and comedy, Bleak House is perhaps Charles Dickens’s greatest work.

“And I am bored to death with it. Bored to death with this place, bored to death with my life, bored to death with myself.”

― Charles Dickens, Bleak House


“A word in earnest is as good as a speech.”

― Charles Dickens, Bleak House


“if the world go wrong, it was, in some off-hand manner, never meant to go right.”



“All partings foreshadow the great final one.”



“if the world go wrong, it was, in some off-hand manner, never meant to go right.”



Your sex have such a surprising animosity against one another, when you do differ.”



“Why, Mrs. Piper has a good deal to say, chiefly in parentheses and without punctuation, but not much to tell.”

― Charles Dickens, Bleak House


A word in earnest is as good as a speech.



I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies!



Charles Dickens Quotes from Great Expectations

For many, Great Expectations is Charles Dickens’s greatest work. Pip, a humble orphan is apprenticed to the forge and dreams of growing up to one day become a gentleman. One day he finds himself in possession of “Great Expectations.” This is a tale of revenge, reward, crime and guilt with many of Dickens’ best characters.



“We need never be ashamed of our tears.”

― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations


“There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth.”



“Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.”

― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations


“Our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.”



“The broken heart. You think you will die, but you just keep living, day after day after terrible day.”



“You are in every line I have ever read.”

― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations


“I stole her heart away and put ice in its place.”

― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations




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