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"How does the world go? I'll tell you what," he added, in a lower tone, "I shouldn't wish it to be mentioned, but it's a -" here he beckoned to me, and put his lips close to my ear - "it's a mad world. Mad as Bedlam, boy!" said Mr. Dick, taking snuff from a round box on the table, and laughing heartily. ~ David Copperfield

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"Never," said my aunt, "be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices, Trot, and I can always be hopeful of you." ~ David Copperfield

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"But even if he has been wicked," pursued Rose, "think how young he is; think that he may never have known a mother's love, or the comfort of a home; that ill-usage and blows, or the want of bread, may have driven him to herd with men who have forced him to guilt. Aunt, dear aunt, for mercy's sake, think of this, before you let them drag this sick child to a prison, which in any case must be the grave of all his chances of amendment." ~ Oliver Twist

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At last, however, he began to think -- as you or I would have thought at first; for it is always the person not in the predicament who knows what ought to have been done in it, and would unquestionably have done it too . . . ~ A Christmas Carol

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Surprises, like misfortunes, seldom come alone. ~ Oliver Twist

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. . . the shadows of our own desires stand between us and our better angels, and thus their brightness is eclipsed. ~ Barnaby Rudge

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"Don't you think that any secret course is an unworthy one?" ~ David Copperfield

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"I find my breath gets short, but it seldom gets longer as a man gets older. I take it as it comes, and make the most of it. That's the best way, ain't it?" ~ David Copperfield

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"There can be no disparity in marriage like unsuitability of mind and purpose." ~ David Copperfield

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I have been very fortunate in worldly matters; many men have worked much harder, and not succeeded half so well; but I never could have done what I have done, without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one object at a time, no matter how quickly its successor should come upon its heels, which I then formed. ~ David Copperfield

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