Charles Dickens sought after excellence right through his life. Even with the publication of his earliest works, he found the best illustrators available. He excelled in much of his work and effort, motivated by the fear of failure, not least financial, and also had to deal
with huge injustice, rejection and his personal failure in marriage. But his great drive and energy spurred him on to success after success. There are so many inspirational quotes taken from his work; some favourites are 'A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self',. 'A loving heart is the truest wisdom'. There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth'. The power of these words help make clear why we are celebrating 200 years of Charles Dickens. For more details, click here.