Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Charles Dickens (181270)
My other piece of advice, Copperfield, said Mr. Micawber, you know. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, andand, in short, you are for ever floored. As I am!
CHARLES DICKENS, David Copperfield,chapter 12, p. 185 (1950). First published 18491850.