Charles Dickens quote about youth from David Copperfield - you don't expect, as many elderly people do expect, old heads on young shoulders.
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you don't expect, as many elderly people do expect, old heads on young shoulders.
 Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850). copy citation

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Author Charles Dickens
Source David Copperfield
Topic youth age
Date 1850
Language English
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“But we can't expect a Dictionary—especially when it's making—to interest Annie, can we?'
The doctor shook his head.
'And that's why I so much approve,' said Mrs. Markleham, tapping him on the shoulder with her shut-up fan, 'of your thoughtfulness. It shows that you don't expect, as many elderly people do expect, old heads on young shoulders. You have studied Annie's character, and you understand it. That's what I find so charming!'
Even the calm and patient face of Doctor Strong expressed some little sense of pain, I thought, under the infliction of these compliments.” source

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