Today is Charles Dickens’ 204th birthday and I couldn’t be prouder. (Well, I could, but…) Nine months early (in honour of his conception) I celebrated with six of the twelve things he – through his characters – said about money. Now it’s time for #7 to 12. This wasn’t (and still obviously isn’t) my list, it’s from The Telegraph (UK) newspaper. The whole list of twelve is here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/9066005/What-Charles-Dickens-said-about-money-12-memorable-quotes.html
7. “The education of Mr Jonas had been conducted from his cradle on the strictest principles of the main chance. The very first word he learnt to spell was ‘gain’ and the second (when he got into two syllables), ‘money’.” Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit
8 … but such characters were rarely happy. “I am the only child of parents who weighed, measured, and priced everything; for whom what could not be weighed, measured, and priced, had no existence.” Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
9. But, as today, it buys you influence. “Well!” observed R. Wilfer, cheerfully, “money and goods are certainly the best of references.” Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friends
10. Gold bugs, take note. “For gold conjures up a mist about a man, more destructive of all his old senses and lulling to his feelings than the fumes of charcoal.” Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby
11. “A bill, by the bye, is the most extraordinary locomotive engine that the genius of man ever produced. It would keep on running during the longest lifetime, without ever once stopping of its own accord.” Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
12. “Men were weighed by their dollars, measures gauged by their dollars; life was auctioneered, appraised, put up, and knocked down for its dollars.” Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit
The image is Google’s tribute to Chuck when he turned 200.