Life lessons from Charles Dickens


As one of England’s finest ever authors, we don’t need to tell you that Charles Dickens was a marvel at writing fiction. What you might not know, however, is that he was always really rather good at coming up with neat little philisophical one-liners about life, too.

Keep reading for the 10 times he nailed some oh-so clever observations about the world – extra brownie points for anyone who can memorise one or two and casually slip them into conversation…

“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”

“Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips.”

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.”

“A boy’s story is the best that is ever told.”

“Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence.”

“It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper; so cry away.”

“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

“‘Tis love that makes the world go round, my baby.”

“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”


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