Happy 200th birthday Mr. Dickens!

The bound books have been brought down from the shelf and today we’re celebrating the birthday of one of our favourite writers. What’s your favourite book by Dickens? Here are some quotes which may strike a familiar chord:

“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.” (Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist)

“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” (Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”  (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities)

“My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.” (Charles Dickens, David Copperfield)

“Love her, love her, love her! If she favours you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces – and as it gets older and stronger, it will tear deeper – love her, love her, love her!” (Charles Dickens, Great Expectations)

“The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.” (Charles Dickens)

and of course

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” (Charles Dickens)

 Did you know that the Scarlet Geranium featured above is said (by the folks at the Dickens Fellowship) to be the author's favoured flower. Find out more about this and other Victorian blooms from www.thevictorianflowergarden.com/flowers/geranium.html

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