Cry Away

It’s Charles Dickens’ 202nd birthday today.

I like Dickens.

Though, not as much as I like Charles Darwin (are we surprised?), whose birthday I share. 12th February, if anyone’s wondering. Isn’t that just the best thing ever? Yes, is the answer you’re looking for. It’ll be his 205th birthday on Wednesday.

Happy birthday, guys!!

To Dickens today, and to Darwin for 12th.


Dickens has some pretty wonderful quotes to his name, and there is always one in particular I recall whenever I cry… Over the last couple of days (like seriously that recently), I’ve been crying SO MUCH I’m starting to think my eyes are broken and they’re just permanently leaking. Constantly crying… You know when you cry so much that it actually feels as though your very soul is trembling when you inhale? Yeah, well, that’s been me. I got an early birthday message through the post from a friend today, and I cried as if someone had just died. I get cross with myself when I cry so much, I really hate it, but I do have a bit of a stupid mental block when it comes to crying – specifically crying in front of people. Therefore, no one ever really knows how upset I am because I hide it in front of them, but the second I’m alone… Oh, hiya floods of tears! I don’t know why. I just can’t bear crying in front of people. Even my own mother… I’ve also got a stupid eye. I have sectoral heterochromia in my left eye – a third of it is hazel while the rest is blue – which is ugly enough as it is, but when I cry or tear up in the slightest, the hazel just bursts into vibrancy for some reason and it’s SO OBVIOUS and I hate it, so I’m constantly looking away or covering my left eye. Aren’t I wonderfully self-conscious. I should get an eye patch, and pretend to be a pirate. But anyway, despite all that, I then remember this quote from Dickens, and it makes me feel slightly better about my broken eyes…:

“It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper; so cry away.” – Charles Dickens

Isn’t that a lovely quote? There’s nothing wrong with crying… so don’t let your overly emotional side tell you that there is (yeah, Jenny, I hope you’re listening to yourself here). There are a few other quotes of his that I love, too:

“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” – Charles Dickens

Again, isn’t that so lovely? Such a beautiful way to view the matter of any painful departure. Maybe then, with such joy, we can cry happy tears. Happy tears are so beautiful – so honest and pure.

“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens

This is something we should all try to remember. Always. We cannot wallow in our sorrows, or at least we should try out utmost not to, for as Dickens said, we have so many blessings. The fact you are reading this now is a blessing, for you can see. What else can you see? Open those eyes!

And finally, I’m going to finish with a quote of Dickens’ that will actually link to my next post, whenever I decide to share it.

“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” – Charles Dickens

Keep seeing that light… 🙂


6 responses to “Cry Away

  1. Lovely stuff. As somebody who cries an awful lot as a by-product of my mood swings, these quotes are very nice to read. Yet, quite strangely, I still was compelled to say I’m sorry to hear you have been crying so much, but I don’t know that I should be. It’s not a bad thing at all, sometimes I forget that.

    Your eyes are definitely not broken! 🙂

    • I feel that. I’m forever crying after I’ve lost my temper or something. I think it depends why you’re crying, though, as to whether or not it’s ‘okay’…

      Thank you, but my eyes are definitely broken.

  2. Oh Jenny, I’m sorry I have only just got to this post. After all our joking and hilarity, isn’t it so ironic that you have been crying so hard. Yet, you write such a beautiful post with perfect quotes, and as with you, I do adore Dickens. I studied Great Expectations for English Lit O Level (back in the day!) and I knew that book inside out by the time exam time came so that I could answer any question they threw at me. Testament to a great English teacher too, who actually loved her job and the English language and shared it with us, her students.
    Your eyes aren’t broken…they are beautiful… they see light and that is a thing of beauty, surely 🙂

    • Perhaps, but I’m very glad for those conversations. It’s nice to have something to laugh about, and it takes my mind off things. So thank you to you and to Steven! 🙂
      I’ve got Great Expectations on my shelf, which I intend to read one day. It’s a biggun though! I wish we could have studied Great Expectations instead of blumin’ Pride & Prejudice -_- Hated that story so much. Good, inspiring teachers are such a blessing aren’t they! My English teacher was so wonderful. I owe a lot to her, really.

      Aw, thanks Sherri. I suppose that is a way of viewing it I never considered.

"What does your heart tell you?" - ToO, chpt. 32

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