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What is the quote where Pip realizes he would have been happier if he never came into money, never met Miss Havisham, and was still at the forge in Great Expectations?

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I used to think, with a weariness on my spirits, that I should have been happier and better if I had never seen Miss Havisham's face, and had risen to manhood content to be partners with Joe in the honest old forge.

This is the relevant quotation from chapter 34. What it shows, among other things, is great maturity and wisdom on Pip's part. He always thought that what he really wanted in life was to become a wealthy gentleman, a man of substance. But now, after all he's been through, he's finally come to the realization that he never really wanted any of that after all. He'd have been much happier had he stayed where he was, in the humble cottage of Joe Gargery the blacksmith.

Pip has learned a very valuable lesson: that all the wealth and social status in the world ultimately mean nothing. What really matters in life is happiness. And happiness can be found in kinds of strange places, including the honest old forge of a humble country blacksmith.

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In Chapter 34, Pip starts to realize the...

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