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  • The formula for happiness or misery stated by Charles Dickens through the mouth of the inimitable Micawber is as true of a railway as it is of an individual.

    Railway Highlights

  • The very words he put into the mouth of that delightful prince of optimism, Micawber, is enough to tell you how he understands that wonderful vacillating brain.

    The Art That Conceals Art

  • Not but that there is something very pitiful (by which I mean deserving of pity) in what may be termed the Micawber style of mind, -- in the stage of hysteric oscillations between joy and misery.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 49, November, 1861

  • Also saw John Lithgow's "Micawber" about the painting squirrel, which I remember from the library as being kind of cute...

    Daily Round-Up

  • Richards, known as much for his high-living lifestyle as for his hard-driving guitar style, is famed for his love of Fender Telecasters--including the early '50s "Micawber" shown here, which he uses as a five-string tuned to an open-G.

    Guitars Of The Stars © Getty...

  • He was more than just a drunk, the father; he was a kind of Micawber, a lawyer with big ideas and inventions that didn't sell.

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  • To use a burning consciousness of one’s own misery, of the shackles that cut one’s own limbs, to quicken one’s sense of life in general, as Dickens did, to shape out of the murk which has surrounded one’s childhood some resplendent figure such as Micawber or Mrs. Gamp, is admirable: but to use personal suffering to rivet the reader’s sympathy and curiosity upon your private case is disastrous.

    The Common Reader, Second Series

  • Maybe, as Charles Dickens's Mr. Micawber would have said, something will turn up before we have to find out.

    Allies Struggling to Show a United Front on Libya

  • Does the Editor consider that any of these actions are without adverse consequences? or Does the Editor considers that Micawber got the right idea?

    Labour and the deficit: Stumbling towards a strategy | Editorial

  • Everyone knows Oliver and Fagin, not to mention David Copperfield, Mr. Micawber, Edwin Drood, Mr. Pickwick and the rest of the troop.

    Our Dickens

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