Quotations by Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol.

Ebenezer Scrooge is the focal character of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, and arguably both one of the most famous characters created by Charles Dickens and in English literature. The miserly, bitterly cold hearted owner of a London counting-house, a modern accountant’s office, he works with his clerk Bob Catchit.

The tale of Scrooge’s redemption by a visit from his dead business partner and subsequently the three Ghosts of Christmas (Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come) has become a defining tale of the Christmas holiday period. Ebenezer Scrooge is arguably both one of the most famous characters created by Dickens and one of the most famous in English literature.


The term ‘Scrooge’ has come into the English language as a byword for miserliness and misanthropy. Scrooge’s catchphrase, “Bah! Humbug!” is often used to express disgust with many of the modern Christmas traditions.


The following is our archive of fully referenced quotations said by, or related to the character Ebenezer Scrooge.


He was so fluttered and so glowing with his good intentions.

Background.  "He was so fluttered and so glowing with his good intentions." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 5). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quotation is a description of Ebenezer Scrooge towards the end of A Christmas Carol. After emerging from a night when he is visited by the spirits of his former business partner, Jacob Marley and three [...]

2018-08-27T21:20:13+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

The sound resounded through the house like thunder.

Background. "The sound resounded through the house like thunder." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing Ebenezer Scrooge (left), here being visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley. Context. This quotation is describes the sound made by Ebenezer Scrooge after [...]

2018-10-29T11:27:17+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

I am as light as a feather.

Background.  "I am as light as a feather." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 5). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quotation is said by Ebenezer Scrooge towards the end of A Christmas Carol. After emerging from a night when he is visited by the spirits of his former business partner, Jacob Marley and three ghosts, Scrooge is relieved to wake [...]

2018-10-02T22:26:39+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

I am as giddy as a drunken man.

Background.  "I am as giddy as a drunken man." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 5). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quotation is said by Ebenezer Scrooge towards the end of A Christmas Carol. After emerging from a night when he is visited by the spirits of his former business partner, Jacob Marley and three ghosts, Scrooge is relieved [...]

2018-10-02T22:27:25+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

I am as merry as a schoolboy.

Background.  "I am as merry as a schoolboy." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 5). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quotation is said by Ebenezer Scrooge towards the end of A Christmas Carol. After emerging from a night when he is visited by the spirits of his former business partner, Jacob Marley and three ghosts, Scrooge is relieved to [...]

2018-10-02T22:28:08+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

I am as happy as an angel.

Background.  "I am as happy as an angel." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 5). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quotation is said by Ebenezer Scrooge towards the end of A Christmas Carol. After emerging from a night when he is visited by the spirits of his former business partner, Jacob Marley and three ghosts, Scrooge is relieved to [...]

2018-10-02T22:28:47+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

Hard and sharp as flint.

Background. "Hard and sharp as flint." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing Ebenezer Scrooge (left), here being visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley. Context. The quote is from a paragraph describing Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of A [...]

2018-10-14T22:09:06+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil.

Background. "He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 2). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing a joyous Mr and Mrs Fezziwig dancing away at their Christmas party. This [...]

2018-05-11T19:42:12+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone.

Background. "A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing Ebenezer Scrooge (left), here being visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley. Context. The quote is from a paragraph describing Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of [...]

2018-08-19T07:34:04+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk’s fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal.

Background. "Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk’s fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. This quotation reflects the miserly attitude of the lead character Ebenezer Scrooge. Even though it is mid-Winter time, the mean-spirited Scrooge maintains only a small fire [...]

2018-08-27T19:35:39+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |
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