The Wisdom of Dickens

Morning my lovely peeps!

I started reading the last Anne of Green Gables book last night and the characters (in the midst of war) are talking about carrying on ‘business as usual’ in spite of the adversities they face. The writer also references Dickens a lot, which I love, so it inspired me to do this. In fact, I can’t quite believe that I’ve been blogging as long as I have and have not done this before!

There is a Dickens quote for just about every situation in life, there are websites dedicated to it… you can also get Dickens books for free on Kindle as some Dickens society has uploaded them as part of his legacy.

Here are a few of my favourite ones:

  1. “There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited” ~ Fred in A Christmas Carol.

In essence, there’s more to life than money and deeper lessons to be learned than how to turn a profit. I love Fred…and Mr. Dickens for creating him.


2. “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result: misery.” ~ Mr. Micawber, David Copperfield.

Even my hubby has used this one and he doesn’t read novels! The reach of Mr. Micawber’s wisdom and positivity is so great I could do a whole book, never mind a blog post, just on him. As someone who has experienced the ‘misery’ of debt, this is a poignant reminder of how to deal with money.


3.  “It’s in vain to recall the past unless it works some influence upon the present.” Another one from David Copperfield. 

Perhaps the hardest of all: Don’t dwell on the past, learn from it and move on!


Here are a few more to ponder….

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I hope Dickens has inspired you, as he does me.

Have a lovely day! 🙂

Ana x


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