A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, commonly known as A Christmas Carol, is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843 and illustrated by John Leech. Profoundly inspirational Christmas Carol quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.
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Famous Christmas Carol Quotes
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone! Ebenezer Scrooge
Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. Charles Dickens
If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population. Ebenezer Scrooge
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach! Charles Dickens
Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses are departed from, the ends will change. Ebenezer Scrooge
His wealth is of no use to him. He don’t do any good with it I am sorry for him; I couldn’t be angry with him if I tried. Who suffers by his ill whims! Himself, always. Charles Dickens.
God bless us, every one!
If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population. Charles Dickens
Oh cold, cold, rigid, dreadful Death, set up thine altar here, and dress it with such terrors as thou hast at thy command: for this is thy dominion! But of the loved, revered, and honored head, thou canst not turn one hair to thy dread purposes, or make one feature odious. A Christmas Carol
Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. Charles Dickens
Spirit, tell me if Tiny Tim will live. Ebenezer Scrooge
He was conscious of a thousand odors floating in the air, each one connected with a thousand thoughts, and hopes, and joys, and cares, long, long, forgotten. Charles Dickens.
Bah, It’s still a humbug still! I won’t believe it. Ebenezer Scrooge
You fear the world too much,’ she answered gently. ‘All your other hopes have merged into the hope of being beyond the chance of its sordid reproach. I have seen your nobler aspirations fall off, one by one, until the master passion, Gain, engrossed you. Have I not? Charles Dickens.
But if the courses are departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me! Ebenezer Scrooge
I have always thought of Christmastime, when it has come round as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. Charles Dickens.
It’s not my business. Ebenezer Scrooge
They are Man’s and they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance and this girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Charles Dickens
Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. Ebenezer Scrooge
Come in, come in! and get to know me better, man! I am the Ghost of Christmas Present. Look upon me! You have never seen the like of me before Charles Dickens
It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s. Mine occupies me constantly. Ebenezer Scrooge
And, unlike the celebrated herd in the poem, they were not forty children conducting themselves as one, but every child was conducting itself like forty. Charles Dickens.
I don’t know what to do! cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath, and making a perfect Laocoon of himself with his stockings. I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world! Hello here! Whoop! Hello! Ebenezer Scrooge
Scrooge knew he was dead? Of course, he did. How could it be otherwise? Scrooge and he were partners for I don’t know how many years. Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend, and sole mourner. And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and solemnized it with an undoubted bargain
It is always the person not in the predicament who knows what ought to have been done in it, and would unquestionably have done it too. Charles Dickens.
Oh! but he was a tight fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!
Come, then, returned the nephew gaily. What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You’re rich enough. Charles Dickens
There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.
I see a vacant seat, replied the Ghost, in the poor chimney corner, and a crutch without an owner, carefully preserved. Charles Dickens
I help to support the establishments I have mentioned: they cost enough: and those who are badly off must go there. Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol 2009.
He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew. Charles Dickens
There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say, Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it! Fred, A Christmas Carol 2009.
Christmas is a poor excuse every 25th of December to pick a man’s pockets. Charles Dickens
Let me hear one word out of you, Cratchit, and you can keep Christmas by losing your position! Ebenezer Scrooge
In an altered spirit. In another atmosphere of life. In everything that made my love of any worth in your sight. Tell me, Ebenezer, if this contract had never been between us, would you seek me out now? No. Belle, A Christmas Carol 2009.