Quick Quotes: Charles Dickens

"A loving heart is the truest wisdom."

- Charles Dickens

With the tongue-tying title, The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account), shortened for sanity to David Copperfield, this semi-autobiographical serial novel by Charles Dickens tells the life of a young man living in 19th-century London. The quote “A loving heart is the truest wisdom” did not actually appear in the novel as commonly believed, but rather was adapted from a sentence in Chapter 9, in which the titular character is comforted by his friend and housekeeper Peggotty in the aftermath of his mother’s death:

“‘Daybreak had come, and the sun was rising, when she said to me, how kind and considerate Mr. Copperfield had always been to her, and how he had borne with her, and told her, when she doubted herself, that a loving heart was better and stronger than wisdom, and that he was a happy man in hers.'”

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