My Favourite Dickens’ Quote

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“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”

For some reason, I love this quote. I owned a book store two decades ago called Dickens Booksellers and Gift Emporium, and had this quote posted on my front door. While the bookstore is a thing of the past, the message in the quote is eternal. Keeping Christmas all the year, and learning the lessons of the past, present, and future is timeless.

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  1. Never heard or read the quote before…i like it

  2. Wow! I am a HUGE Dickens fan…my all-time favourite book is “Bleak House.” I love the name of your bookstore! And, I too, am a fan of this quote.

    • he had a way with words didn’t he — I liked the name of my bookstore too

  3. I truly wish people could keep the ‘Christmas’ spirit all year long…beautiful quote….Diane

  4. That’s a lovely quotation and would be a good philosophy to live by.
    I’d have loved to have popped into your Emporium! We are lucky enough to have an Emporium in our (very) little town. πŸ™‚

  5. Your store would have been my favorite place to shop and visit. I never heard this quote before, but it sure sums up the true sentiment we should live by.

    • where were you in 1990–actually my youngest son was born in 1991 and he was premature, as was my oldest son–and I just lost heart over owning a business–they are both healthy and big guys now though

      • In 1990 I was a single mom finishing up college in PA, in 91 I was living in Albuquerque NM

      • you were one busy girl!

      • Always πŸ™‚

      • Isn’t it amazing how resilient our children are? I’m so glad your sons are fine now. I had such a hard time with pre-eclampsia with both my pregnancies, but the boys were fine.

      • is it not good that we can talk about these things now having got through them–tough times we both got through

      • I can laugh about them now. Of course I can “try” to guilt my boys with what they put me through, but they know I love them and would do it all over again.

      • I must say I am a little guilty of doing that–especially with my youngest as I had a C-section before I was totally “frozen” –he seemed so concerned when I kidded him that I no longer kid him about it

  6. That is such a lovely quote πŸ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. That is a good thought. That could be played with for quite a while, as you have proven.

  8. Loved your book store Lou. I still have books and Christmas decor from Dickens.

  9. I love that you owned such a store!

    • It was quite a pretty store–with books and gifts and mags and cards

      • Do you have pix to post?!

      • well if I don’t post a pic then I can tell people I am gorgeous–actually though I am going to try to do that soon

  10. Good quote indeed. I am glad I stopped by; nice gentle reminder to live all encompassing.
    thank you

    • glad you liked it–thank you for dropping by

      • I dig your place πŸ˜‰

      • I feel the same way about your place πŸ™‚

  11. What a beautiful quote! I’m going print it out and hang it in my kitchen πŸ˜€

  12. A bookstore! I want to hear more!!!

    • I had a bookstore for a little less than two years–it was not a used bookstore and we also sold gifts and cards and mags and I got a pretty darn good discount–a few people said it was the prettiest store in town–but when my youngest was born prematurely it took the wind out of my sails for awhile businesswise–besides I do not really like selling

  13. Such a beautiful quote. I remember reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ when I was a child. Old Scrooge really came right in the end, didn’t he? πŸ˜€

  14. I have never heard this quote before but I do love it. Eternal is a perfect word to describe it. Lovely post.

    Also, that sounds like a store I could spend entire nights.

    Adieu, scribbler

    • It was a nice store and I try to live by Scrooge’s new found philosophy but it is a daily struggle

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  16. That is a beautiful quote. Thank you for sharing it.

  17. I didn’t know you owned a bookstore. I’m a little envious. I have always wanted to spend my days surrounded by books. I work for a publishing company, but it’s just not the same.

    • It took the joy out of going to other bookstores–though I got a great discount. We sold it in 1992.

      • Ah, good point. I’ll strike that from my life list of things to do then. I enjoy bookstores too much.

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