Charles Dickens quote about suffering from Great Expectations - suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but—I hope—into a better shape.
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suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but—I hope—into a better shape.
 Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1861). copy citation

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Author Charles Dickens
Source Great Expectations
Topic suffering change teaching
Date 1861
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1400/1400-h/1400-h.htm

Context

“To me, parting is a painful thing. To me, the remembrance of our last parting has been ever mournful and painful.»
«But you said to me,» returned Estella, very earnestly, «'God bless you, God forgive you!' And if you could say that to me then, you will not hesitate to say that to me now,—now, when suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but—I hope—into a better shape. Be as considerate and good to me as you were, and tell me we are friends.»
«We are friends,» said I, rising and bending over her, as she rose from the bench.
«And will continue friends apart,» said Estella.” source

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