Charles Dickens quote about burden from Our Mutual Friend - No one is useless in this world . . . who lightens the burden of it for any one else.
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No one is useless in this world . . . who lightens the burden of it for any one else.
 Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend (1865). copy citation

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Author Charles Dickens
Source Our Mutual Friend
Topic burden utility helping
Date 1865
Language English
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“'I shall be happy, Mr Rokesmith,' returned Bella, 'to be of the least use; for I feel, after the serious scene of to-day, that I am useless enough in this world.'
'Don't say that,' urged the Secretary.
'Oh, but I mean that,' said Bella, raising her eyebrows.
'No one is useless in this world,' retorted the Secretary, 'who lightens the burden of it for any one else.'
'But I assure you I don't, Mr Rokesmith,' said Bella, half-crying.
'Not for your father?'
'Dear, loving, self-forgetting, easily-satisfied Pa! Oh, yes! He thinks so.'
'It is enough if he only thinks so,' said the Secretary.” source

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