Christmas

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Christmas.

 

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was one of the foremost writers from the Victorian era and remains a popular widely-read author today. During his lifetime he produced 15 novels, five novellas, and a large number of shorter stories and essays. He wrote from personal experiences and concerned himself with a number of contemporary social issues whilst supporting numerous charitable causes, giving assistance in time, money or personal effort. Our archive of over 400 Charles Dickens quotations are organised by both source material, i.e. the work or speech in which it originally appeared, and also grouped thematically. In this archive, we have collected quotations from Charles Dickens works on the theme of Christmas.


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I’ll keep my Christmas humour to the last.

Background. "I’ll keep my Christmas humour to the last." 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. Quotation said by Fred, Scrooge’s nephew. Fred, a jovial character in the story, is determined he will stay cheerful, despite his uncle's bitterness during the exchange of words. Taken from the following passage in Stave 1 of A Christmas Carol: “Good [...]

2018-05-11T19:52:52+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.

Background. "For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 3). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. Taken from the following passage in Stave 3 (The Second Of The Three Spirits) of A Christmas Carol: It was their turn to laugh now [...]

2017-12-08T13:04:01+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

Much good may it do you! Much good it has ever done you!

Background. "Much good may it do you! Much good it has ever done you!" 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. The quote is from a paragraph describing Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of A Christmas Carol, who prefers his own company and has few friends. His nephew has visted him whilst he is working [...]

2017-12-08T13:07:10+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

Keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine.

Background. "Keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine." 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. The quote is from a paragraph describing Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of A Christmas Carol, who prefers his own company and has few friends. His nephew has visted him whilst he is working [...]

2017-12-08T13:07:11+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

I have always thought of Christmas time … 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.

Background. "I have always thought of Christmas time ... 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" is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave [...]

2018-02-19T10:46:01+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

Once upon a time—of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve—old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house. It was cold, bleak, biting weather: foggy withal: and he could hear the people in the court outside, go wheezing up and down, beating their hands upon their breasts, and stamping their feet upon the pavement stones to warm them.

Background. "Once upon a time—of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve—old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house. It was cold, bleak, biting weather: foggy withal: and he could hear the people in the court outside, go wheezing up and down, beating their hands upon their breasts, and stamping their feet upon the pavement stones to warm them" is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written [...]

2017-12-08T13:11:38+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

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.

Background.  "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" 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. Taken from the following passage in [...]

2018-04-24T21:28:36+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

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. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!

Background. "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. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!" is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 4). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. This quote [...]

2018-05-15T22:02:59+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |