Today’s post is going to be my favourite quotes from the last books I read in the month of September. However, this post is a little different this month as I read such a mixture of books from non-fiction to short stories to unreleased books that, for most of them, it wasn’t possible for me to find quotes. Perhaps I should have called this post “My Favourite Quotes from Hard Times by Charles Dickens”… So although this month’s post is a little shorter than previous months, I hope you still enjoy this collection of quotes from one of my new favourite Dickens’ novels.
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
“But the sun itself, however beneficent, generally, was less kind to Coketown than hard frost, and rarely looked intently into any of its closer regions without engendering more death than life. So does the eye of Heaven itself become an evil eye, when incapable or sordid hands are interposed between it and the thing it looks upon to bless.”
“Any capitalist . . . who had made sixty thousand pounds out of sixpence, always professed to wonder why the sixty thousand nearest Hands didn’t each make sixty thousand pounds out of sixpence, and more or less reproached them every one for not accomplishing the little feat. What I did you can do. Why don’t you go and do it?”
“It is known, to the force of a single pound weight, what the engine will do; but, not all the calculators of the National Debt can tell me the capacity for good or evil, for love or hatred, for patriotism or discontent, for the decomposition of virtue into vice, or the reverse.”
“Do the wise thing and the kind thing too, and make the best of us and not the worst.”
“She was the most wonderful woman for prowling about the house. How she got from one story to another was a mystery beyond solution. A lady so decorous in herself, and so highly connected, was not to be suspected of dropping over the banisters or sliding down them, yet her extraordinary facility of locomotion suggested the wild idea.”
“There is a wisdom of the head, and… there is a wisdom of the heart.”
Thanks for reading!
Love, Zoë xx