Charles Dickens: Construction and creation

“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.”

—Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens: My business

“Business!” cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!” -Charles Dickens, novelist (1812-1870) [in A Christmas Carol, published on this date in 1843] .

Charles Dickens: Tears

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before—more sorry, more aware of of my own ingratitude, more gentle.”

~Charles Dickens.

Copy of a Photograph of Charles Dickens

Copy of a Photograph of Charles Dickens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Charles Dickens: Nonsense

I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don’t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance, any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it. -Charles Dickens, novelist (1812-1870) 

Copy of a Photograph of Charles Dickens

Copy of a Photograph of Charles Dickens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thomas Carlyle: Judgment

Thomas Carlyle, 1870

Thomas Carlyle, 1870 (Photo credit: Penn State Special Collections Library)

“Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death. ”

Nathaniel Hawthorne: Words

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. –Nathaniel Hawthorne, writer (1804-1864).

William Makepeace Thackeray: The secret

William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray (Photo credit: Boston Public Library)

“Let a man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world yields, or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and you will succeed. ”
William Makepeace Thackeray

Charles Dickens: Bad men

I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don’t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance, any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it. -Charles Dickens, novelist (1812-1870).