"You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common: They don't alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views." -- Doctor Who
"Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September 11th - malicious lies that attempt to shift blame away from the terrorists themselves, away from the guilty." George. W. Bush
"L'art de la statistique est de tirer des conclusions erronèes a partir de chiffres exacts."
I strongly recommend Anthony Trollope.
The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation. Oscar Wilde
I think Dickens is no doubt wordy but not to such an extent that I've noticed. However I do find occasionally (but not too infrequently) that I come across a sentence that just makes no sense to me. This makes me feel discouraged as I end up working out a sentence for five minutes because I like to understand everything I read. Also, I don't know why I get confused by some sentences when others don't seem to. I'm not particularly dim, I hope. Winge over!
I'm not a big fan of Dickens either but I can appreciate him - if they were just shorter they might actually be better. I understand why they're so long though.
"...You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?..." E. A. Poe