It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done


Each, honoured and held sacred in the other's soul

“I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. I see her, an old woman, weeping for me on the anniversary of this day. I see her and her husband, their course done, lying side by side in their last earthly bed, and I know that each was not more honoured and held sacred in the other’s soul, than I was in the souls of both.

“I see that child who lay upon her bosom and who bore my name, a man winning his way up in that path of life which once was mine. I see him winning it so well, that my name is made illustrious there by the light of his. I see the blots I threw upon it, faded away. I see him, foremost of just judges and honoured men, bringing a boy of my name, with a forehead that I know and golden hair, to this place — then fair to look upon, with not a trace of this day’s disfigurement — and I hear him tell the child my story, with a tender and a faltering voice.

It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”

by Charles Dickens (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870)
from A Tale of Two Cities

Famous Last Words

These are the last thoughts of Sydney Carton, from the last lines of “A Tale of Two Cities.”

He’s dying on the guillotine, taking the place of another man, imagining a future in which his sacrifice makes possible a good life for a woman he loves, and the birth of a child who will live the life that he did not.

The first lines of the book are also memorable: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..”

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