Quotation by Charles Dickens

It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper; so cry away.
Charles Dickens (1812–1870), British novelist. Mr. Bumble, in Oliver Twist, ch. 37 (1837-1839).

Mr. Bumble, speaking to Mrs. Bumble, was "pleased and exalted" by tears: "Like washable beaver hats that improve with rain, his nerves were rendered stouter and more vigorous by showers of tears."
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