Lessons From David Copperfield

Posted on December 12, 2011

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Last night I watched MGM’s 1935 version of David Copperfield on Turner Classic Movies. We can glean more than a few “life lessons” from the characters, as is typical of Dickens and much literature that stands the test of time.

Here a few quotes from the film and book for today’s Monday Motivator post:

“Never be mean in anything, never be false, never be cruel.” David’s aunt, Miss Betsey Trotwood.

Micawber reminds us of the Bard’s words: “Nothing attempted, nothing gained.”

And, finally, when it comes to holiday shopping, it is wise to keep in mind what has become known as the Micawber Principle:

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”

Regardless of our current circumstances, it’s always within our power to live by Micawber’s motto:

Nil Desperandum! Never Despair

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