"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers." ~ Charles W. Eliot
"This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook - try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!" ~ Julia Child
"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain." ~ Louisa May Alcott

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy birthday Mr. Dickens!

Today is Charles Dickens 200th birthday. A day to perhaps remember some of your favorite characters which he created all those years ago but are all still very much alive 200 years later...


It is hard to choose favorites I find, as there are so many wonderful and memorable ones to choose from. So I went back to a black and white film version of David Copperfield from 1935. The cast of this film made each character of the book come to life. They seemed to BE those very characters personified...

 Aunt Betsey and Mr. Dick

  Mr. Macomber

  Mr. and Miss Murdstone

Aunt Betsey's house in Dover was a magical place for David to finally end up and create an unforgettable backdrop and story.

Here are a very memorable quotes from the book.....

"My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely, that is great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest."

"Let sleeping dogs lie - who wants to rouse 'em?"

"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, there pages must show."

"A loving heart was better and stronger than wisdom."

"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen and six, results happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery."

"A man must take the fat with the lean."


Patricia said...

You beat me to it Heidi. I love Dickens and have something to post later. To celebrate his birthday I am launching a Dickens Book Reading Group at my local library today. I have about five like-minded people coming along and hopefully it will be a success. More when I return home this afternoon.

Sabbio said...

Oh, Dickens! :) Happy birthday to him!
(I'm discovering you through Annie by the way ^^ I'm a booklover and painter and live in France).

quilt32 said...

A wonderful post about one of my favorite books.
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