Great Expectations Quotes – Charles Dickens

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Charles John Huffam Dickens,commonly known as Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He was born on February 7, 1812 and died on June 9, 1870. Great Expectations is a his novel which depicts the personal growth and personal development of Pip. Living with his sister and her husband, Pip is an orphan without any expectations.

A book written by Charles Dickens is bound to have plenty of good quotes, and following are the 32 best Great Expectations quotes with images. If you think we have missed any important quote from Great Expectations then please let us know by commenting below and we’ll make sure to include it. 🙂

32 Great Expectations Quotes


“All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers, and with such pretences did I cheat myself.” » Pip, Philip Pirrip – Great Expectations


“And still I stood looking at the house, thinking how happy I should be if I lived there with her, and knowing that I never was happy with her, but always miserable.” » Pip, Philip Pirrip – Great Expectations


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“Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.” » Mrs. Joe Gargery


“Break their hearts my pride and hope, break their hearts and have no mercy.” » Miss Havisham Books


“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.” » Pip, Philip Pirrip


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“Her contempt for me was so strong, that it became infectious, and I caught it.” » Pip -Estella commented on Pip’s Hands


“I am what you designed me to be. I am your blade. You cannot now complain if you also feel the hurt” » Estella Havisham


“I have a heart to be stabbed in or shot in, I have no doubt, and, of course, if it ceased to beat, I would cease to be. But you know what I mean. I have no softness there, no—sympathy—sentiment—nonsense.” » Estella Havisham


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“I looked at the stars, and considered how awful it would be for a man to turn his face up to them as he froze to death, and see no help or pity in all the glittering multitude.” » Pip, Philip Pirrip


“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.” » Pip Love for Estella


“I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.” » Estella Havisham


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“I stole her heart away and put ice in its place.” » Great Expectations


“I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.” » Great Expectations


“I’ll tell you,” said she, in the same hurried passionate whisper, “what real love it. It is blind devotion, unquestioning self-humiliation, utter submission, trust and belief against yourself and against the whole world, giving up your whole heart and soul to the smiter – as I did!” » Great Expectations


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“In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong.” » Great Expectations


“In a word, it was impossible for me to separate her, in the past or in the present, from the innermost life of my life.” » Great Expectations


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“Life is made of so many partings welded together” » Great Expectations


“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!” » Great Expectations


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“Moths, and all sorts of ugly creatures, hover about a lighted candle. Can the candle help it?” » Great Expectations


“No varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself.” » Great Expectations


“Out of my thoughts! You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since – on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to displace with your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. Estella, to the last hour of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. But, in this separation I associate you only with the good, and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you must have done me far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress I may. O God bless you, God forgive you!” » Great Expectations


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“Scattered wits take a long time in picking up.” » Great Expectations


“So new to him, so old to me; so strange to him, so familiar to me; so melancholy to both of us!…” » Great Expectations


“So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.” » Great Expectations


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“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.” » Great Expectations


“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” » Pip – Great Expectations


“Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.” » Great Expectations


“The agony is exquisite, is it not? A broken heart. You think you will die. But you just keep living. Day after day, after terrible day.” » Great Expectations


Take Nothing On Its Looks Take Everything On Evidence. There'S No Better Rule. » Great Expectation Quotes - Charles Dickens Quotes


“The secret was such an old one now, had so grown into me and become a part of myself, that I could not tear it away.” » Great Expectations Charles Dicken Facts


“There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth.” » Great Expectations


“We changed again, and yet again, and it was now too late and too far to go back, and I went on. And the mists had all solemnly risen now, and the world lay spread before me.” » Pip Great Expectations


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“We think the feelings that are very serious in a man quite comical in a boy.” » PIP going to Miss Havisham’s house


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