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Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Quotes (14 Quotes)


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  • I wear the chain I forged in life....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.
    (Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol")

  • If they would rather die, . . . they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.
    (Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol")

  • Marley was dead, to begin with ... This must be distintly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate.
    (Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol")

  • Marley was dead: to begin with.
    (Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol")

  • Nothingever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the onset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have a malady in the less attractive forms.
    (Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol")


  • Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years it was a splendid laugh!
    (Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol")

  • The chuckle with which he said this, and the chuckle with which he paid for the turkey, and the chuckle with which he paid for the cab, and the chuckle with which he recompensed the boy, were only to be exceeded by the chuckle with which he sat down breathless in his chair again and chuckled till he cried.
    (Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol")

  • 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, "A Christmas Carol")

  • Bless me, yes. There he is. He was very much attached to me, was Dick. Poor Dick! Dear, dear!
    (Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol")

  • Christmas is a poor excuse every 25th of December to pick a man's pockets.
    (Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol")

  • Come in, -- come in! and 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, "A Christmas Carol")

  • He lived in chambers that had once belonged to his deceased partner. They were a gloomy suite of rooms, in a lowering pile of building up a yard, where it had so little business to be, that one could scarcely help fancying it must have run there when it was a young house, playing at hide-and-seek with other houses, and forgotten the way out again.
    (Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol")

  • He was consious of a thousand odours floating in the air, each one connected with a thousand thoughts, and hopes, and joys, and cares, long, long, forgotten.
    (Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol")

  • 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
    (Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol")


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