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Charles Dickens

1812-1870. British novelist.

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Minds, like bodies, will fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.

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A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.

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Philosophers are only men in armor after all.

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The bright old day now dawns again; the cry runs through the land, in England there shall be dear bread -- in Ireland, sword and brand; and poverty, and ignorance, shall swell the rich and grand, so rally round the rulers with the gentle iron hand, of the fine old English Tory days; hail to the coming time!

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No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.

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A boy's story is the best that is ever told.

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A person who can't pay gets another person who can't pay to guarantee that he can pay. Like a person with two wooden legs getting another person with two wooden legs to guarantee that he has got two natural legs. It don't make either of them able to do a walking-match.

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

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The word of a gentleman is as good as his bond; and sometimes better.

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I do not know the American gentleman, God forgive me for putting two such words together.

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