Charles Dickens

9 Times ‘Great Expectations’ Was Heartbreakingly Beautiful

In all corners of the world, near and far, there is nobody quite like Charles Dickens. His name is held in high esteem due to the mark he left on history and in our hearts. Page by page, you fall in love with each word as the story stitches your heart back together. Great Expectations is one of those works.


'Great Expectations'

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It’s a coming-of-age story that depicts society in a raw way. It’s also an eloquently-written romance that’s just 544 pages long. It evokes the kind of light on a bright spring day after a long cold winter. It brings the hope we need when love and opportunity are right at the tips of our fingers. Dickens reminds us that every day you have the chance to awaken what’s always felt missing. May we all fall deep into the magic of possibilities with these quotes from Great Expectations.


1. There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth.


2. In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong.


3. It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.


4. That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.


5. …You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since – on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with.


6. I have been bent and broken, but—I hope—into a better shape.


7. I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.


8. We changed again, and yet again, and it was now too late and too far to go back, and I went on. And the mists had all solemnly risen now, and the world lay spread before me.


9. Pip, dear old chap. life is made of ever many partings welded together, as I may say, and one man’s a blacksmith and one’s a whitesmith, one’s a goldsmith, and one’s a coppersmith.


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