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35 Best Ebenezer Scrooge Quotes From 'A Christmas Carol'

'A Christmas Carol' is one of the most popular stories from Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens fans, listen up!

“Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years, it was a splendid laugh, a most illustrious laugh. The father of a long, long line of brilliant laughs.” Like this, various Charles Dickens quotes from ‘A Christmas Carol’ provide us a sneak peek into an empathetic, warming, and mesmerizing journey that this classic is.

'A Christmas Carol's message of love, redemption, and the period’s generosity has reverberated with a great many generations, regardless of whether read, heard, or watched.

One of the most adored holiday tales undoubtedly is ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens,’ The immortal story of finding the spirit of Christmas and the delight of giving couldn’t be more critical in the times of turbulent coiling emotions, expanded seclusion, stress, and dilemmas. In this beautiful story by Dickens, our protagonist is a rich but bitter man. Ebenezer Scrooge, a banker, is a man whose fate is the result of his deeds in life. Scrooge has a realization with the help of the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present, and the ghost of Christmas future. He eventually reconciles with his nephew and forges a new relationship with Tiny Tim.

The ghost of Christmas past helps Scrooge remember more joyful occasions when money and wealth were not at the forefront of his thoughts. The ghosts gives Scrooge demonstrations of how grace can stretch out a long way yet can reverberate through a local area. The ghost of Christmas present shows Scrooge how damaging his greed can be. In contrast, the ghost of Christmas future makes Scrooge realize the consequences of his life if he doesn’t alter his way of life.

The lessons learned by Scrooge enlightens us to prioritize the right things, such as love. Read on for some of the best quotes about Ebenezer Scrooge that will help you awaken the spirit of Christmas within your heart.

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Best Quotes From 'A Christmas Carol'

Remember the main messages and themes from the classic story ‘A Christmas Carol’ with our supply of the best quotes from Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge believes that the poor do not deserve help, and so he is presented as a miserable, grumpy man. Here are some of the best ‘A Christmas Carol’ Scrooge quotes for this holiday season that will melt your heart.

The story preaches one to not be horrible towards others.

1. “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

2. “If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

3. “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, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

4. ““God bless us, every one!”

- Charles Dickens, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

5. “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 honoured head, thou canst not turn one hair to thy dread purposes, or make one feature odious.”

- ‘A Christmas Carol’.

6. “Spirit, tell me if Tiny Tim will live.”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

7. “Bah, It’s humbug still! I won’t believe it.”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

8. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

9. “It’s not my busines.”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

10. “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, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

11. “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, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

12. “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!  Hallo here!  Whoop!  Hallo!”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

13. “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 solemnised it with an undoubted bargain.”

-‘A Christmas Carol’.

14. “Narrator: 'Oh! but he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!'"

- ‘A Christmas Carol’.

15. “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”

- ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Fascinating Quotes From Scrooge

The essence of the story is that you should not lose your belief in doing good for other. It is this belief which will be your guiding light in the life. Read on for some of the Christmas time quotes from Ebenezer Scrooge that you just have to enjoy.

The story is still enjoyed by readers all over.

16. “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’.

17. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?”

- Ghost of Jacob Marley, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

18. “If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

19. “I do, “Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You’re poor enough.”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

20. “Spirit, conduct me where you will. I went forth last night on compulsion, and I learnt a lesson which is working now. To-night, if you have aught to teach me, let me profit by it.”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

21. “Is there a peculiar flavour in what you sprinkle from your torch?”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

22. “A poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every twenty-fifth of December! But I suppose you must have the whole day. Be here all the earlier next morning.”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

23. “It isn’t that, Spirit. He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil. Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count ’em up: what then? The happiness he gives is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

24. “Not to know that no space of regret can make amends for one life’s misused opportunities!”

- ‘A Christmas Carol’.

25. “I am sorry for [Scrooge]. I couldn’t be angry with him if I tried. Who suffers by his ill whims? Himself always.”

- Ebenezer Scrooge’s nephew, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

26. “Your nature intercedes for me and pities me. Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me by an altered life?”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

27. “Spirit, I wonder you, of all the beings in the many worlds about us, should desire to cramp these people’s opportunities of innocent enjoyment.”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

28. “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, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

29. “Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point, answer me one question. Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be, only?”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

30. “You fear the world too much…. 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 of one by one, until the master passion, Gain, engrosses you.”

- Belle, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

31.“Some people laughed to see the alteration in Scrooge, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset. And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!”

- ‘A Christmas Carol’.

32. “He was conscious of a thousand odours floating in the air, each one connected with a thousand thoughts, and hopes, and joys, and cares long, long, forgotten!”

- ‘A Christmas Carol’.

33. “This is the even-handed dealing of the world!” he said. “There is nothing on which it is so hard as poverty, and there is nothing it professes to condemn with such severity as the pursuit of wealth!”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

34. “A poor excuse for picking a man's pocket every twenty-fifth of December!”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

35. “You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are.”

- Ebenezer Scrooge, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for best Scrooge quotes, then why not take a look at A Christmas Story quotes or [White Christmas quotes]

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