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50 Best 'The Grinch' Quotes From 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'

The Grinch is one of the most iconic fictional characters of all time.

The Grinch is one of the most iconic fictional characters.

Originally featured in a poem by Dr Seuss, our favorite Christmas thief is predominantly associated with Jim Carrey's outlandish performance. However, there are countless adaptations and dramatizations inspired by Dr Seuss' 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas', with more being produced each year.

The enduring popularity of 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas', is perhaps thanks to its central moral: that Christmas is not about presents, but spending time with those you love. Dr Seuss clearly illustrates this as the Whos don't let The Grinch ruin Christmas, and celebrate it despite their stolen gifts. This leads to the Grinch's revelation that "What if Christmas... doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!".

For more quotes from Christmas movies, celebrate to the max with these 'Home Alone' quotes and 'A Christmas Story' quotes.

Grinch Quotes About Christmas

'The Grinch Who Stole Christmas' was originally published in 1957.

The evolution of the Grinch's attitude towards Christmas epitomizes his change of heart. Whilst initially he hates Christmas and sneers at the Whos' Christmas celebrations, by the end of the movie, he joins in merrily with the holiday festivities.

1. "No one should be alone on Christmas."

- Cindy Lou Who.

2. "Look, I don't wanna make waves, but this whole Christmas season is stupid, stupid, stupid!"

- The Grinch.

3. "Tomorrow's Christmas! It's practically here!"

- The Grinch.

4. "I must stop Christmas from coming... but how? I mean - in what way?

- The Grinch.

5. "You can't hurt Christmas, Mr. Mayor, because it isn't about... the gifts or the contest or the fancy lights. That's what Cindy's been trying to tell everyone..."

- Lou Lou Who.

6.  "Blast this Christmas music... it's joyful and triumphant."

- The Grinch.

7.  "I know just what to do. I become Santa Claus to steal their Christmas. If he could deliver it one night, then I can steal it. What's Santa have that I don't?"

– The Grinch.

8. "Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch...who lived just north of Whoville...did not."

- Narrator, 'The Grinch Who Stole Christmas'.

9. "Are you having a holly, jolly Christmas?"

– The Grinch.

10. "The Grinch hated Christmas - the whole Christmas season... It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight…the most likely reason of all... that his heart was two sizes too small."

- Narrator, 'The Grinch Who Stole Christmas'.

Relatable Grinch Quotes

Whilst the Grinch is initially portrayed by Dr Seuss as grumpy, anti-social and unpleasant, this makes him somewhat human and relatable. Therefore, many quotes from 'The Grinch' will ring true with most people.

11. "Am I just eating because I'm bored?"

– The Grinch.

12. "Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allowed it."

– The Grinch.

13. "4:00, wallow in self-pity; 4:30, stare into the abyss; 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one; 5:30, jazzercize; 6:30, dinner with me - I can't cancel that again; 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing… I'm booked."

– The Grinch.

14. "Hate, hate, hate. Double hate. Loathe entirely."

- The Grinch.  

15. "Ooooo....ahhhh....ohhh. That's it. I'm not going."

- The Grinch.  

16.  "Help me… I'm feeling."

- The Grinch.

17. "Be it ever so heinous, there's no place like home."

- The Grinch.

18. "Stupid. Ugly. Out of date. If I can't find something nice to wear, I'm not going."

– The Grinch.

Heart Warming Grinch Quotes

Jim Carrey played the role of the Grinch in the 2000 movie adaption

The Grinch's initial cynicism contrasts starkly to the Whos' Christmas cheer. However, following his change (and growth) of heart, both the Whos and the Grinch deliver the most heart-warming quotes from the movie.

19. "No matter how different a Who may appear, he will always be welcome with holiday cheer."

- Cindy Lou Who.

20. "I don't need anything more for Christmas than this right here. My  family."

- Lou Lou Who.

21. "Santa, don't forget the Grinch. I know he's mean and hairy and smelly, and his hands are cold and clammy, but I think he's kinda... sweet."

-  Cindy Lou Who.

22. "I am the Grinch that stole Christmas... and I'm sorry.

- The Grinch.

23. "I tell you, Max, I don't know why I ever leave this place. I've got all the company I need right here."

- The Grinch.

24. "I'm all toasty inside."

- The Grinch.

25. "Christmas Day will always be just as long as we have we."

- Narrator, 'The Grinch Who Stole Christmas'.

Funny Grinch Quotes

Whether you prefer him as an anti-social menace or a reformed Christmas-loving Who, the Grinch arguably delivers the funniest lines in the movie.

26. "We did our worst and that's all that matters."

- The Grinch.

27. "What's that stench? It's fantastic."

- The Grinch.

28. "One man's toxic sludge is another man's potpourri."

- The Grinch.

29. "It's because I'm green isn't it?"

- The Grinch.

30. "Now you listen to me, young lady! Even if we're horribly mangled, there'll be no sad faces on Christmas."

- The Grinch.

31. "Cute kid, bad judge of character."

- The Grinch.

32. "Cindy Lou Who: Santa, what's the meaning of Christmas?

The Grinch: Vengeance! I mean… Presents… I suppose."

33. "They'll eat their Who-Pudding and rare Who-Roast Beast. But that's something I just cannot stand in the least. Oh, no, I'm speaking in rhyme!"

- The Grinch.

34. "Max, grab a bag. We'll come back for the rest. Of course when I say 'we' I mean 'you'."

- The Grinch.

35. "Oh. Bleeding hearts of the world unite."

- The Grinch.

36. "Give me that! Don't you know you're not supposed to take things that don't belong to you? What's the matter with you, you some kind of wild animal? Huh?"

- The Grinch.

37. "All right, you're a reindeer. Here's your motivation: Your name is Rudolph, you're a freak with a red nose, and no one likes you. Then, one day, Santa picks you and you save Christmas."

- The Grinch.

38. "The avarice never ends! I want golf clubs. I want diamonds. I want a pony so I can ride it twice, get bored and sell it to make glue."

- The Grinch.

39. "Kids today. So desensitized by movies and television."

- The Grinch.

40. "Oh, the Who-manity."

- The Grinch.

Dr Seuss Grinch Quotes

Whilst the scriptwriters and Jim Carrey had some artistic license in 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas', many of the movie's best lines are from Dr Seuss' book 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'.

41. "And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags."

- Narrator, 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas!'

42. "With a smile to his soul, he descended Mount Crumpet sheerily blowing 'Who! Who!' on his trumpet."

- Narrator, 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas!'

43. "And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day."

- Narrator, 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas!'

44. "Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

- Narrator, 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas!'

45. "Then he slid down the chimney, a rather tight pinch. But if Santa could do it, then so could the Grinch."

- Narrator, 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas!'

46. "Every Who down in Whoville... was singing! Without any presents at all! He hadn't stopped Christmas from coming! It came! Somehow or other, it came just the same!"

- Narrator, 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas!'

47. "You're a monster, Mr. Grinch. Your heart's an empty hole. Your brain is full of spiders, You've got garlic in your soul."

- Narrator, 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas!'

48. "He brought everything back, all the food for the feast! And he, he himself, the Grinch carved the roast beast!"

- Narrator, 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas!'

49. "Then he slithered and slunk, with a smile most unpleasant, Around the whole room, and he took every present!"

- Narrator, 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas!'

50. "He brought everything back, all the food for the feast! And he... the Grinch carved the roast beast."

- Narrator, 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas!'

Here at Kidadl, we have many more quotes for everyone! If you liked our 'The Grinch' movie quotes and Grinch book quotes, feast your eyes on these Jim Carrey quotes or if you fancy more Christmas movie quotes why not check out 'A Christmas Carol' quotes?

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