More Dickens

From the BBC

CHARLES DICKENS: WIT AND WISDOM

  • Dickens on credit: “Credit is a system whereby a person who can’t pay gets another person who can’t pay to guarantee that he can pay.”
  • Dickens on social justice: “In the little world in which children have their existence, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice.”
  • Dickens on learning the lessons of history: “It’s in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present.”
  • Dickens on the human condition and history repeating itself: “Crush humanity out of shape once more, under similar hammers, and it will twist itself into the same tortured forms.”

It seems that Dickens was quite a control freak and he sounds terrible to his wife. Add in that he hated the pre-Raphaelites and I’m not sure what to say about the man.

Well, he did sort of revive Christmas from the malaise it fell into under the puritans, but he had some help from the rigning monarch (s) Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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