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It is said that every life has its roses and thorns; there seemed, however, to have been a misadventure or mistake in Stephen's case, whereby somebody else had become possessed of his roses, and he had become possessed of the same somebody else's thorns in addition to his own. ~ Hard Times

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For your popular rumour, unlike the rolling stone of the proverb, is one which gathers a deal of moss in its wanderings up and down. ~ The Old Curiosity Shop

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In the majority of cases, conscience is an elastic and very flexible article. ~ The Old Curiosity Shop

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Mystery and disappointment are not absolutely indispensable to the growth of love, but they are, very often, its powerful auxiliaries. ~ Nicholas Nickleby

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"If Natur has gifted a man with powers of argeyment, a man has a right to make the best of 'em, and has not a right to stand on false delicacy, and deny that he is so gifted; for that is a turning of his back on Natur, a flouting of her, a slighting of her precious caskets, and a proving of one's self to be a swine that isn't worth her scattering pearls before." ~ Barnaby Rudge

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"Think! I've got enough to do, and little enough to get for it, without thinking." ~ Bleak House

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"There is no such passion in human nature, as the passion for gravy among commercial gentlemen." ~ Martin Chuzzlewit

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"Peggotty!" repeated Miss Betsey, with some indignation. "Do you mean to say, child, that any human being has gone into a Christian church, and got herself named Peggotty?" ~ David Copperfield

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All the knives and forks were working away at a rate that was quite alarming; very few words were spoken; and everybody seemed to eat his utmost in self-defence, as if a famine were expected to set in before breakfast time to-morrow morning, and it had become high time to assert the first law of nature. ~ Martin Chuzzlewit

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"There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts." ~ Oliver Twist

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