A tale of two cities

A Tale of Two Cities Quotes

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  • Above all, one hideous figure grew as familiar as if it had been before the general gaze from the foundations of the world - the figure of the sharp female called La Guillotine. It was the popular theme for jests; it was the best cure for headache, it infallibly prevented hair from turning gray, it imparted a peculiar delicacy to the complexion, it was the National Razor which shaved close: who kissed La Guillotine looked through the little window and sneezed into the sack.

  • A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self.

  • A multitude of people and yet solitude.

  • Beneath that arch of unmoved and eternal lights: some, so remote from this little earth that the learned tell us it is doubtful whether their rays have been yet discovered it, as a point in space where anything is suffered or done: the shadows of the night were broad and black.

  • Crush humanity out of shape once more, under similar hammers, and it will twist itself into the same tortured forms. Sow the same seeds of rapacious licence and oppression over again, and it will surely yield the same fruit according to its kind.

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

  • Detestation of the high is the involuntary homage of the low.

  • From the days when it was always summer in Eden, to these days when it is mostly winter in fallen latitudes, the world of a man has invariably gone one way - the way of the love of a woman.

  • Good never come of such evil, a happier end was not in nature to so unhappy a beginning.

  • I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me.

  • I'll not leave a handful of that dark hair upon your head, if you lay a finger on me!

  • I love your daughter fondly, dearly, disninterestedly, devotedly. If ever there were love in the world, I love her.

  • In seasons of pestilence, some of us will have a secret attraction to the disease - a terrible passing inclination to die of 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.

  • 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 - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

  • I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul.

  • Judiciously show a cat, milk, if you wish her to thirst for it. Judiciously show a dog his natural prey, if you wish him to bring it down one day.

  • Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; - the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!

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

  • Of little worth as life is when we misuse it, it is worth that effort. It would cost nothing to lay down if it were not.

  • Perhaps second-hand cares, like second-hand clothes, come easily off and on.

  • Remember how strong we are in our happiness, and how weak he is in his misery.

  • Tell Wind and Fire where to stop, but don't tell me.

  • That glorious vision of doing good is so often the sanguine mirage of so many good minds.

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

  • The leprosy of unreality disfigured every human creature in attendance.

  • There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.

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

  • Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.

  • When the time comes, let loose a tiger and a devil; but wait for the time with the tiger and the devil chained - not shown - yet always ready.

  • When you see your own bright beauty springing up anew at your feet, think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you.

  • Who could sit upon anything in Fleet-street during the busy hours of the day, and not be dazed and deafened by two immense processions, one ever tending westward with the sun, the other ever tending eastward from the sun, both ever tending to the plains beyond the range of red and purple where the sun goes down!

  • You have been the last dream of my soul.

Deepak kundu

The above quotes have been compiled by Deepak Kundu. Deepak loves reading quotes and has been collecting them since childhood. He made this compendium open to public in March, 2011. You can connect with him on or Facebook.