Some quotes from the writings of Charles Dickens, who was born on February 7, 1812:
- "Please, sir, I want some more."
- "Never close your lips to those you have opened your heart."
- "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
- "It is right to begin with the obligations of home, and while these are overlooked and neglected, no other duties can possibly be substituted for them."
- "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."
- "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery."
- "Train up a fig tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it."
- "Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
- "Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature."
- "With affection beaming out of one eye, and calculation shining out of the other."
- "We need never be ashamed of our tears."
- "Accidents will occur in the best regulated families."
- "It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations."
- "The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you."
- "Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts."