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Quotes of the Day for 7 February 2002 – Charles Dickens

I have to admit that I'm one of the great majority that only thinks of Charles Dickens at Christmas, but the author was born at Landport, Hampshire on this day in 1812 so I've chosen quotes from his work for today, none from "A Christmas Carol."

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The quotes:

Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.

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.

Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.

I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.
     - Today's quotes are all from Charles Dickens, 1812 - 1870


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