'Oliver Twist' Quotes

Study GuideOliver Twist was the second novel by Charles Dickens. It's a coming-of-age story about an orphan. It's one of the most famous works by Dickens, known for its portrayal of criminals. Here are a few quotes from Oliver Twist.
  • "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."
    -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 3

  • "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."
    -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 5

  • "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?"
    -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 6

  • "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."
    -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 7

  • "I am very hungry and tired... I have walked a long way. I have been walking these seven days."
    -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 8

  • "What do you watch me for? Why are you awake? What have you seen? Speak out, boy! Quick--quick! for your life."
    -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 9

  • "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."
    -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 10

  • "There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast."
    -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 10

  • "I only know two sorts of boys. Mealy boys, and beef-faced boys."
    -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 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."
    -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 11

  • "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!"
    -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 16

  • "But death, fires, and burglary, make all men equals..."
    -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 28

  • "It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper... So cry away."
    -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 37

  • "Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine."
    -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 37

  • "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."
    -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 51

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