Charles Dickens and Dissertations

February 7th is Charles Dickens’ birthday. Here are a few words of wisdom from the creator of Ebenezar Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Pip, Miss Havisham, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, & Future for dissertation students everywhere…

The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.
— Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens, Sketches by Boz

I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.
— Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

All of us have wonders hidden in our breasts, only needing circumstances to evoke them.
— Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

New thoughts and hopes were whirling through my mind, and all the colours of my life were changing.
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Every failure teaches a man something, if he will but learn.
Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit

The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.
Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop

A very little key will open a very heavy door.
Charles Dickens, Hunted Down

God bless us, every one.
— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
— Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

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RUSSELL STRICKLAND, Ph.D., has been referred to as a “rocket scientist turned management consultant.” In truth, he applies an eclectic body of work from astronomy and nuclear physics to dynamic inventory management to market research to each of his student engagements.

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