The guy’s work may have been a buzzkill to read while trying to enjoy high school, but he did indeed have some facts of life to spit. (It’s pretty cool that A Tale of Two Cities was the narrative foundation for The Dark Knight Rises). Yet even as the bleakest of writers, Charles Dickens believed you could find lighter moments in darker times. Here are some quotes from the literary icon… aside from “please, sir, I want some more.”
Happy Birthday, Mr. Dickens.
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1. “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”
2. “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”
3. “There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.”
4. “We forge the chains we wear in life.”
5. “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”
6. “We need never be ashamed of our tears.”
7. “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
8. “The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world, brother.”
9. “This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.”
10. “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”
December 21st marks the winter solstice, the very first day of winter. For those of you who are now in a state of dread and hibernation, don’t worry. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year; it’s the day with the least amount of daylight. However, this also means that days will only grow longer from here, so cheer up!
There’s nothing quite as cozy and inspiring as watching snow fall on a quiet street or looking out at the flurries from inside a warm house. I’d say it’s one of the closest things to magic. If you’re still not ready for it, maybe these beautiful quotes about the season can convince you.
1. “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
2. “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell
3. “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
4. “Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
― Yoko Ono
5. “My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows
6. “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.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
7. “Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.”
― Gustave Flaubert, November
8. “Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.”
― Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes
9. “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind
10. “In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.”
― Ben Aaronovitch, Broken Homes
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Flirting is tough. Depending on who you are as a person, rejection can be painful, or tedious, as you say to yourself, “Why did I say that?” Well, I’m here to tell you, having a background in literature can work in your favor, whether you find yourself in a bar, lounge, or a literary party filled with undergraduates, awkwardly clutching their red plastic cups.
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Here are some quotes you can use to find love or get laid, but don’t blame me if they don’t work out!