QUOTE: Charles Dickens

“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.”  ~ page 83 of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations by Charles DickensThis is one of my favorite quotes from Great Expectations, in part because of its valuable message but also due to the way Dickens has written it. I love when authors address the reader in their books, and this was such a brilliant and clever way to do it. I read this quote about four times when I first came across it in the story, and it has stuck with me since then. It’s such an interesting thing to think about, how each day really matters despite the way they tend to blend together after a certain length of time.

What quotes have you discovered recently? Let me know in the comments section below!



3 thoughts on “QUOTE: Charles Dickens

  1. It’s a brilliant quote – and yes Dickens appears even more lovely than usual when he’s addressing the reader, right?
    I haven’t been coming across many quotes these days but here’s one I’m loving at the moment:
    “Do you think it’s possible for an entire nation to be insane?” Terry Pratchett is basically the Quote Meister in my eyes. 😛


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