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Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” Quotes (39 Quotes)


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  • He was nothing to me and I could have had no foresight then, that he ever would be anything to me, but it happened that I had this opportunity of observing him well.
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")

  • Love her, love her, love her! If she favours you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces - and as it gets older and stronger, it will tear deeper - love her, love her, love her!
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")

  • Her contempt for me was so strong, that it became infectious, and I caught it.
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")

  • Moths, and all sorts of ugly creatures hover about a lighted candle. Can the candle help it?
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")

  • Herbert received me with open arms, and I had never felt before so blessedly what it is to have a friend. When he had spoken some sound words of sympathy and encouragement, we sat down to consider the question, What was to be done?
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")


  • My sister having so much to do, was going to church vicariously, that is to say, Joe and I were going.
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")

  • I am what you designed me to be.I am your blade. You cannot now complain if you also feel the hurt
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")

  • One should never be ashamed to cry. Tears are rain on the dust of earth.
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")

  • I clutched the leg of the table again immediately, and pressed it to my bosom as if it had been the companion of my youth and friend of my soul. I foresaw what was coming, and I felt that this time I really was gone.
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")

  • Only twice more did the housekeeper reappear, and then her stay in the room was very short, and Mr. Jaggers was sharp with her. But her hands were Estella's hands, and her eyes were Estella's eyes...
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")

  • I had seen the damp lying on the outside of my little window, as if some goblin had been crying there all night, and using the window for a pocket-handkerchief.
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")

  • She must have made Joe Gargery marry her by hand.
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")

  • I looked at the stars, and considered how awful it would be for a man to turn his face up to them as he froze to death, and see no help or pity in all the glittering multitude.
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")

  • Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")

  • I never had one hour's happiness in her society, and yet my mind all round the four-and-twenty hours was harping on the happiness of having her with me unto death.
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")


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