Charles Dickens caricature

Charles Dickens: 200 Years Old Today

200 years old and the writing of Charles Dickens is as relevant today as it was in the 18 hundreds. So to celebrate the birthday of one of our greatest writers here are a couple of quotes that will no doubt still resonate…

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way.”

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”

Our politicians and financial institutions could certainly do worse than reading a little Dickens. But perhaps no image is more poignant today than that of a malnourished orphan pleading “Please, sir, I want some more” to a board of bloated ‘gentlemen’.

He even had a few words to say in relation to goal achievement…. “Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!” I wonder what would have been on his life list…

Happy birthday Charles Dickens. We’ll no doubt still be commenting on the relevance of your work in another hundred years.

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About Jon Maiden

Founder of Goalvanise which enables people to create their Life List online, and inspires and supports them to achieve their life goals. Check out the Goalvanise blog here or my personal blog here.

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