[‘I did not know that; I am not certain that I know it now.] But I know that my dearest little pets are very pretty, and that my darling is very beautiful, and that my husband is very handsome, and that my guardian has the brightest and most benevolent face that ever was seen, and that they can very well do without much beauty in me—even supposing—.’
From Bleak House
And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless us, everyone!
From A Christmas Carol
O Agnes, O my soul, so may thy face be by me when I close my life indeed; so may I, when realities are melting from me like the shadows which I now dismiss, still find thee near me, pointing upward!
From David Copperfield
I took her hand in mine, and we went out of the ruined place; and as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so the evening mists were now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw no shadow of another parting from her.
From Great Expectations
We shall sit with lighter bosoms on the hearth, to see the ashes of our fires turn gray and cold.
From Hard Times
They went quietly down in the roaring streets, inseparable and blessed, and as they passed along in the sunshine and the shade, the noisy and the eager, and the arrogant and the forward and the vain, fretted and chafed, and made their usual uproar.
From Little Dorrit
Such are the changes which a few years bring about, and so do things pass away, like a tale that is told!
From The Old Curiosity Shop
I believe it none the less because that nook is in a Church, and she was weak and erring.
From Oliver Twist
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done: it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.
From A Tale of Two Cities