Whatever was required to be done, the Circumlocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving HOW NOT TO DO IT.
Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870)
Source: Little Dorrit.
Contributed by: Zaady
Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There an't much credit in that.
Source: Mark Tapley in Martin Chuzzelwit.
Stranger, pause and ask thyself the question, Canst thou do likewise? If not, with a blush retire.
Source: Edwin Drood
Accidents will occur in the best regulated families.
Source: David Copperfield.
With affection beaming in one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.
Source: Martin Chuzzelwit,
Keep up appearances whatever you do.
Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human natur.
Source: Nicholas Nickleby.
Barkis is willin'.
Oh! they're too beautiful to live, much too beautiful!
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
Source: opening line of A Tale of Two Cities
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