Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Quotation of the Week: Dickens on Christmas

In addition to his many fine novels, I think that Charles Dickens writes with incredible insight about Christmas -- and not just in his famous book A Christmas Carol. When I jotted down Christmas quotations earlier this month, I ran across a longer quote from Dickens that I knew I would be sharing here this Christmastide. Longer than most of the quotations I copy into my journal and post here, it is SO worth it, and I hope that you think so, too. From my Quotations Journal:

"I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys."

-- Charles Dickens
Wishing you all a joyous Fifth Day of Christmas! (And a blessed remembrance of Saint Thomas a Becket, murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170)


CC said...

Hi Susie,
This is such a perfect Dickens quote. He was the author who hooked me on Victorian literature. The Victorian works are so appropriate for our times. Thanks for sharing this quote.

Susanne Barrett said...

Glad you enjoyed it, Carmen! :)


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