Charles Dickens

Before quilting or sewing, there was reading.  And, while I do quilt and sew a lot, I really love to read.

Dickens is a favorite!  Charles Dickens was born this day, February 7, in 1812, 200 years ago.

I re-read A Tale of Two Cities about every other year, just because it is so beautiful. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”–One of the great first lines in the history of literature.

Here are a few thoughts from Mr. Dickens:

The whole difference between construction and creation is this; that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.


Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.


Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!


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


It sounds like he gets it.  The essential soul of… a quilter.

5 thoughts on “Charles Dickens

  1. Oh heavens – I have been reading too…Game of Thrones for the second time ( all the series) Must get back to some serious sewiingl I do loive all your quotations

  2. i don’t think i’ve ever read a book by Dickens…will have to do that sometime..have not read much in the last couple of years..used to devour 4-5 books a week..reading is good for the soul so keep on…i also think piecing quilts is good for the soul…so keep on..thanks for the great quotes..

  3. I agree wholeheartedly. Google has a wonderful illustration commemorating his 200th birthday, and I plan on starting David Copperfield today!

  4. I heard that on the classical radio station this morning. I was reflecting on all the good books Dickens wrote, and how he used his conscience to dictate some of his topics, but didn’t beat people over the head with the lesson. People changed their ideas because they looked through his eyes. Which reminds me of the song that’s popular now on Christian radio, “Give me your eyes that I might see.” That’s just what Dickens did. He left behind a huge body of work that is still wonderful today, even though some of those social ills are cured. Thanks for the quotes!

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