Charles Dickens quote about reality from David Copperfield - I had considered how the things that never happen, are often as much realities to us, in their effects, as those that are accomplished.
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I had considered how the things that never happen, are often as much realities to us, in their effects, as those that are accomplished.
 Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850). copy citation

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Author Charles Dickens
Source David Copperfield
Topic reality regret influence
Date 1850
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/766/766-h/766-h.htm

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“I made no effort to conceal from myself, now, that I loved her, that I was devoted to her; but I brought the assurance home to myself, that it was now too late, and that our long-subsisting relation must be undisturbed.
I had thought, much and often, of my Dora's shadowing out to me what might have happened, in those years that were destined not to try us; I had considered how the things that never happen, are often as much realities to us, in their effects, as those that are accomplished. The very years she spoke of, were realities now, for my correction; and would have been, one day, a little later perhaps, though we had parted in our earliest folly. I endeavoured to convert what might have been between myself and Agnes, into a means of making me more self-denying, more resolved, more conscious of myself, and my defects and errors.” source

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