Oliver Twist

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Oliver Twist is an 1838 novel by Charles Dickens, probably one of the best-known of all his works.

  • 'Please, sir, I want some more.'
    • Chapter 2, "Treats Of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, And Board", said by Oliver Twist
  • Oliver Twist has asked for more!
    • Chapter 2.
  • 'Come,' said Mr. Bumble, somewhat less pompously, for it was gratifying to his feelings to observe the effect his eloquence had produced; 'Come, Oliver! Wipe your eyes with the cuffs of your jacket, and don't cry into your gruel; that's a very foolish action, Oliver.'
    • Chapter 3, "Relates How Oliver Twist Was Very Near Getting A Place Which Would Not Have Been A Sinecure"
  • 'Let him alone!' said Noah. 'Why everybody lets him alone enough, for the matter of that. Neither his father nor his mother will ever interfere with him. All his relations let him have his own way pretty well. Eh, Charlotte? He! he! he!'
    • Chapter 5, "Oliver Mingles With New Associates. Going To A Funeral For The First Time, He Forms An Unfavourable Notion Of His Master's Business"
  • 'A regular right-down bad 'un, Work'us,' replied Noah, coolly. 'And it's a great deal better, Work'us, that she died when she did, or else she'd have been hard labouring in Bridewell, or transported, or hung; which is more likely than either, isn't it?'
    • Chapter 6, "Oliver, Being Goaded By The Taunts Of Noah, Rouses Into Action, And Rather Astonishes Him"
  • Noah writhed and twisted his body into an extensive variety of eel-like positions; thereby giving Mr. Bumble to understand that, from the violent and sanguinary onset of Oliver Twist, he had sustained severe internal injury and damage, from which he was at that moment suffering the acutest torture.
    • Chapter 7, "Oliver Continues Refractory"
  • 'I am very hungry and tired,' replied Oliver: the tears standing in his eyes as he spoke. 'I have walked a long way. I have been walking these seven days.'
    • Chapter 8, "Oliver Walks To London. He Encounters On The Road A Strange Sort Of Young Gentleman"
  • 'What's that?' said the Jew. 'What do you watch me for? Why are you awake? What have you seen? Speak out, boy! Quick--quick! for your life.
    • Chapter 9, "Containing Further Particulars Concerning The Pleasant Old Gentleman, And His Hopeful Pupils"
  • Although Oliver had been brought up by philosophers, he was not theoretically acquainted with the beautiful axiom that self-preservation is the first law of nature.
    • Chapter 10, "Oliver Becomes Better Acquainted With The Characters Of His New Associates; And Purchases Experience At A High Price. Being A Short, But Very Important Chapter, In This History"
  • There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast.
    • Chapter 10.
  • I only know two sorts of boys. Mealy boys, and beef-faced boys.
    • Chapter 10.
  • By what, or by whom, nobody knows, for the clerk and jailor coughed very loud, just at the right moment; and the former dropped a heavy book upon the floor, thus preventing the word from being heard--accidently, of course.
    • Chapter 11.
  • 'Fair, or not fair,' retorted Sikes, 'hand over, I tell you! Do you think Nancy and me has got nothing else to do with our precious time but to spend it in scouting arter, and kidnapping, every young boy as gets grabbed through you? Give it here, you avaricious old skeleton, give it here!'
    • Chapter 16, "Relates What Became Of Oliver Twist, After He Had Been Claimed By Nancy"
  • But death, fires, and burglary, make all men equals...
    • Ch. 28
  • "It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper," said Mr. Bumble. "So cry away."
    • Ch. 37
  • Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine.
    • Ch. 37
  • "If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, "the law is a ass — a idiot. If that's the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is, that his eye may be opened by experience — by experience."
    • Chapter 51.