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It's a slow news day so, this day being the anniversary of his birth, I offer you some of my favorite quotes from Charles Dickens. Happy birthday, Mr. Dickens. You were a remarkable writer.
"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." ~ (Great Expectations)
""Oh, gracious, why wasn't I born old and ugly?" ~ (Barnaby Rudge)
"I wear the chain I forged in life....I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it." ~ (A Christmas Carol)
"There either is or is not, that’s the way things are. The colour of the day. The way it felt to be a child. The saltwater on your sunburnt legs. Sometimes the water is yellow, sometimes it’s red. But what colour it may be in memory, depends on the day. I’m not going to tell you the story the way it happened. I’m going to tell it the way I remember it." ~ (Great Expectations) 6/27/11 - POST PUBLICATION NOTE: I learned today that this is not a Dickens quote, but rather from the 1998 film Great Expectations based on the Dickens novel. The screenplay was written by Mitch Glazer. I like it, anyway.
"He would make a lovely corpse." ~ (Martin Chuzzlewit)
"Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes" ~ (Nicholas Nickleby)
"I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape." (Great Expectations)
Tomorrow is also a day.