I am well aware that I am the 'umblest person going. . . . My mother is likewise a very 'umble person. We live in a 'umble abode. [Uriah Heep]
Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870)
Source: David Copperfield
Contributed by: Zaady
'Mind and matter,' said the lady in the wig, 'glide swift into the vortex if immensity. Howls the sublime, and softly sleeps the calm Ideal, in the whispering chambers of Imagination.'
Source: Martin Chuzzelwit
Annual income twenty pound, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pound, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.
Source: Mr. Micawber in David Copperfield
Dumb as a drum with a hole in it, sir.
Source: Pickwick Papers.
I took a good deal o' pains with his eddication, sir; let him run in the streets when he was very young, and shift for hisself. It's the only way to make a boy sharp, sir.
Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.
Source: Our Mutual Friend
Not to put too fine a point upon it.
Source: Bleak House.
What is the odds so long as the fire of soul is kindled at the taper of conwiviality, and the wing of friendship never moults a feather!
Source: The Old Curiosity Shop,
I wants to make your flesh creep.
I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies!
Source: Bleak House
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