Most Famous Quotations in British Literature

Charles Dickens wrote over 34 books and hundreds of articles for his magazines. Many of his novels are major works — 11 of them exceed 800 pages in length — but he is more recognized for the shorter novels: A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, and Great Expectations. Because most of his novels have never been out of print, many of the lines spoken by his colorful and memorable characters have become some of the most recognized quotations in British literature:

1. “God bless us, everyone” from A Christmas Carol

2. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” from A Tale of Two Cities

3. “Please, sir, I want some more” from Oliver Twist

For further reading: A Dab of Dickens and a Touch of Twain by Elliot Engel, Pocket Books (2002).