EXCERPTS, CUTS, QUOTES, AND CITATIONS FROM LITERARY WORK

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Charles Dickens

classic novel

This is a classic novel set in London and Paris during the French Revolution. The story tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris, and his release to live in London with his daughter Lucie whom he had never met. It tells a story of love, sacrifice, and redemption against the backdrop of the turbulent historical events of the time.



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EXCERPT / QUOTES

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

"A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it."

"A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it!"

"I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. 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."

"The cloud of caring for nothing, which overshadowed him with such a fatal darkness, was very rarely pierced by the light within him."

"Think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you."

"Nothing that we do, is done in vain. I believe, with all my soul, that we shall see triumph."

"He knew enough of the world to know that there is nothing in it better than the faithful service of the heart."

"I would ask you to believe that he has a heart he very, very seldom reveals, and that there are deep wounds in it. My dear, I have seen it bleeding."

"A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self."

"Death may beget life, but oppression can beget nothing other than itself."

"There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair."



Charles Dickens




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