100+ Ebenezer Scrooge Quotes From A Christmas Carol Movie

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Ebenezer Scrooge is the fundamental character of the real life adjustment of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel A Christmas Carol. He is a childish and closefisted elderly person who fills in as an Investment Banker and Commodities intermediary in London.

Ebenezer Scrooge has no gratefulness for no particular reason and graciousness, considering it to be a waste, and is despised by every other person because of his temperament. He has a specific scorn of Christmas. To him, “tranquility on Earth” and “Cooperative attitude to all men” resembles a blade to his heart (until his renewal toward the part of the bargain).

On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the apparition of his long-dead colleague, Jacob Marley, who passed on precisely seven years back (evidently, on Christmas Eve or Day). Like Scrooge, Marley was an unpleasant penny pincher throughout everyday life and, as discipline for his malevolent ways, is presently cursed to unceasingly meander the earth, conveying overwhelming chains speaking to his demonstrations of ravenousness.

Marley reveals to Scrooge that on the off chance that he doesn’t promptly alter his way of life, he will endure a comparative destiny and educates him that he will be visited by three additional spirits that night. As of that minute, Scrooge’s adventure to recovery begins.

The first of the three spirits is the flame like Ghost of Christmas Past, who shows Scrooge his very own pained past, including how he turned into the hopeless elderly person he is and that his narrow-mindedness cost him his ex-fiancee, Belle.

Next is the Ghost of Christmas Present: a shaggy smaller than expected monster, who shows him things as they as of now seem to be, including the delights of the Christmas season and why Scrooge is so despised.

Moreover, he demonstrates Scrooge the poor living states of Scrooge’s come up short on and inadequately treated worker, the pleasant Bob Cratchit, and his family, who are, by and by, appreciative for what little they have. Cratchit’s child, Tiny Tim, is sick and will bite the dust if Scrooge’s conduct does not change. The phantom additionally cautions Scrooge about Want and Ignorance before he kicks the bucket.


The third and most horrendous soul, the quiet, however Grim Reaper-like Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, indicates Scrooge what will occur in the event that he doesn’t alter his way of life. This phantom every so often pursues Scrooge around London while riding an apparition like funeral car drawn by two steeds (maybe playing with Scrooge).

One scene sees Scrooge contracting down and getting away through drainpipes. In this future, Scrooge has simply passed on and is totally unmourned by the individuals; his demise is, actually, celebrated by many. The main “genuine” satisfaction anybody has gotten from his demise is a poor family who presently has more opportunity to satisfy their obligation.

What’s more, Tiny Tim has additionally as of late kicked the bucket, leaving the Crachit family in grieving. Penny pincher is before long sitting almost a grave, just for the phantom to uncover it is his own, and that his demise will be on Christmas Morning. Penny pincher is stunned and asks the quiet soul for absolution, promising to alter his way of living, when he all of a sudden awakens.

It is Christmas morning and Scrooge promptly welcomes the individuals of London with his recently discovered benevolence and eagerness, giving Bob Cratchit a raise and making a splendid future for Tiny Tim, to whom Scrooge ended up like a subsequent dad.

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“All right, all right, who WERE you then?”

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“Well… I am a mortal, and liable to fall.”

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“Well, what do you want me to do about it? If he’s dying, he’s dying.”

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“Bob, I haven’t taken leave of my senses. I’ve come to them.”

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“Well, in that case, CAN you sit down?”

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“I don’t know, how can I promise!”

“[shocked] Spirit, are these yours?”

“But have they no refuge, no resource?”

“Are there no prisons?”

“And the union workhouses – are they still in operation?”

“Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I’m very glad to hear it.”

“Huh! Nothing!”

“[firmly, but calmly] I wish to be left alone. Since you ask me what I wish sir, that is my answer. I help to support the establishments I have named; those who are badly off must go there.”

“But it was only that you were an honest man of business!”

“Waiter! More bread.”

“[pauses] No more bread.”

“I’ll give you a guess!”

“[to Fred’s wife] Can you forgive a pig-headed old fool with no eyes to see with and no ears to hear with all these years?”

“Through the window?”

“I’m busy.”

“Who are you?”

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“But it was only that you were a good man of business, Jacob!”

“She had.”

“One child.”

“She died giving him life.”

“You have my sympathy.”

“Why do they lament?”

“[to Bob Cratchit] Well, my friend, I’m not going to beat around the bush. I’m simply not going to stand this sort of thing any longer. Which leaves me no choice, but to raise your salary.”

“Never, and I wish the pleasure had been indefinitely postponed.”

“[grumpily] I don’t deserve to be so happy.”

“I can’t help it!”

“You see that toothpick?”

“But you’re not looking at it!”

“Well, then, I’ll just swallow this and be tortured by a legion of hobgoblins, all of my own creation! It’s all HUMBUG, I tell you, HUMBUG!”

“[to himself, laughing] A merry Christmas, Ebenezer! You old HUMBUG! Oh, and a happy new year! As if you deserved it!”

“[Giggling] No. Mrs. Dilber – I’m not mad.”

“Even if I look it!”

“I must have a label… label label label label label!”

“A doctor? Certainly not, nor the undertaker!”

“I’ll send it to Bob Cratchit, and he shan’t know who sent it. It’s twice the size of Tiny Tim!”

“[ecstatic] I… I don’t know. I don’t know anything. I never did know anything.”

“But now I KNOW that I don’t know anything!”

“I don’t know anything!/ I never did know anything!/ But now I know that I don’t know/ All on a Christmas morning!”

“Shall I stand on my head? I must stand on my head.”

“What is your business here?”

“My welfare?”

“What do you want with me?”

“[to the Spirit of Christmas Yet To Come] I am standing in the presence of the Spirit of Christmas Yet To Come? And you’re going to show me the shadows of things that have not yet happened but will happen? Spirit of the Future, I fear you more than any spectre I have met tonight! But even in my fear, I must say that I am too old! I cannot change! I cannot! It’s not that I’m inpenitent, it’s just… Wouldn’t it be better if I just went home to bed?”

“No? Well, very well. Lead on.”

“I don’t deserve to be so happy.”

“But I can’t help it.”

“I-I I just can’t help it.”

“[singing] I don’t know anything, I never did know anything, but now I know that I don’t know, all on a Christmas morning.”

“You’ll want the whole day off tomorrow, I suppose.”

“It’s not convenient. And it’s not fair! If I stopped you half a crown for it, you’d think yourself ill used, wouldn’t you? But you don’t think me ill used if I pay a day’s wages for now work, hmm?”

“That’s a poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every 25th of December.”

“Yes, and put their hands into my pockets as it were, sir. I suppose you’d better have the whole day. But be back all the earlier the next morning.”

“Yes, I know it is, you don’t have to tell me.”

“I’m too old and beyond hope! Go and redeem some younger, more promising creature, and leave me to keep Christmas in my own way!”

“re you the spirit whose coming was foretold to me?”

“Who and what are you?”

“Long past?”

“[at a homeless shelter where Alice is working] Spirit, are these people real, or are they shadows?”

“Both of us?”

“Who is that? The doctor?”

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“You don’t believe in letting the grass grow under your feet, do you?”

“[to the Spirit of Christmas Yet To Come] Before I draw nearer to that stone, tell me! Are these the shadows of things that must be, or are they the shadows of things that MIGHT be?”

“[as Marley lies on his death bed] Well, Jacob! Have they seen to you properly? Last rites and such?”

“There’s nothing i can do?”

“Oh? What, particularly?”

“Time? Time for what?”

“Wrong? Well, we can’t be right all the time , can we? Nobody’s perfect. You mustn’t reproach yourself, Jacob. We’ve been no worse than the next man, or no better if it comes to that.”

“Save myself? Save myself from what?”


“Go, and redeem some other promising young creature, but leave me to keep Christmas in my own way.”

“[singing] I will start anew / I will make amends / and I will make quite certain / that the story ends / on a note of hope / on a strong amen / and I’ll thank the world / and remember when / I was able to begin again!”

“[upon hearing Harry’s two fold comments about him] As for you, Nephew, if you were in my will, I’d disinherit you!”

“How shall I ever understand this world? There is nothing on which it is so hard as poverty, and yet, there is nothing it condemns with such severity as the pursuit of wealth.”

“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!”

“You are about to show me shadows of the things that have not happened, but will happen in the time before us. Is that so, Spirit?”

“Spirit! Hear me! I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope?”

“It’s not my business. It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s. Mine occupies me constantly. Good afternoon, gentlemen!”

“Jacob Marley’s Ghost: You will be visited by three ghosts.
Ebenezer Scrooge: I…I think I’d rather not.”

“I don’t know what day of the month it is! I don’t know how long I’ve been among the Spirits. I don’t know anything. I’m quite a baby. Never mind. I don’t care. I’d rather be a baby. Hallo! Whoop! Hallo here!”

“There’s another fellow, my clerk, with fifteen shillings a week, and a wife and family, talking about a merry Christmas. I’ll retire to Bedlam.”

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

“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me.”

“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!”

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

“[about Bob Cratchit] Fifteen shillings a week, a wife and five children… and he still talks of a Merry Christmas!”

“Now, I’ll tell you what, my friend. I am not going to stand this sort of thing any longer. And therefore I am about to raise your salary!”

“Forgive me if I am not justified in what I ask, but I see something strange, and not belonging to yourself, protruding from your skirts. Is it a foot or a claw?”

“Bah! Humbug!”

“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.”

“Because, a little thing affects them. A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats. 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!”

“Ghost of Christmas Present: How many of my brothers have you rejected in your miserable lifetime!
Ebenezer Scrooge: I have never met any of your brothers, sir!
Ghost of Christmas Present: You have never looked for them!”

“There’s the saucepan that the gruel was in! There’s the door, by which the Ghost of Jacob Marley entered! There’s the corner where the Ghost of Christmas Present, sat! There’s the window where I saw the wandering Spirits! It’s all right, it’s all true, it all happened. Ha ha ha!”

“Spirit! Remove me from this place.”

“Yes! Yes I do! I like Christmas! I love Christmas!”

“[a knock at the door]
Ebenezer Scrooge: Fire and damnation! Don’t they know that I’m trying to run a business here? [flings the door open]
Nephew Fred: Uncle Ebenezer! I cannot tell you what a joy it is to see your happy, smiling face.”
Ebenezer Scrooge: Oh…it’s you.

“Ebenezer Scrooge: [asking about the ghost’s elder brothers] How many of them are there?
Ghost of Christmas Present: What year is this?
Ebenezer Scrooge: Eighteen hundred and sixty.
Ghost of Christmas Present: Then I have eighteen hundred and fifty-nine brothers.”

“Jacob Marley’s Ghost: [Scrooge has arrived in Hell] Ah! So there you are.
Ebenezer Scrooge: Marley! Where am I?
Jacob Marley’s Ghost: I should have thought it was obvious. I heard you were coming down today, so I thought I’d come to greet you, show you to your quarters. Nobody else wanted to.
Ebenezer Scrooge: That’s… that’s very civil of you, Marley. I…I…I…I am dead, aren’t I?
Jacob Marley’s Ghost: As a coffin nail.
Ebenezer Scrooge: I…I had rather hoped I’d end up in Heaven.
Jacob Marley’s Ghost: Did you, indeed? You may find your office here rather small, but not, I trust, unfamiliar.
Ebenezer Scrooge: Office?
Jacob Marley’s Ghost: Your activities in life were so pleasing to Lucifer that he has appointed you to be his personal clerk. A singular honor. You will be to him, so to speak, what Bob Cratchit was to you.
Ebenezer Scrooge: That’s not fair! It’s… it’s…
Jacob Marley’s Ghost: Diabolical. I must confess, I find it not altogether unamusing.”

“Nephew Fred: A merry Christmas, Uncle Ebenezer! God save you.
Ebenezer Scrooge: God save me from Christmas. It’s another humbug.
Nephew Fred: Christmas a humbug? Come, now. I’m sure you don’t mean that.
Ebenezer Scrooge: And I’m sure that I do mean that. Merry Christmas, indeed. What reason have you got to be merry? You’re poor enough.
Nephew Fred: What reason have you got to be miserable? You’re rich enough.
Ebenezer Scrooge: There is no such thing as rich enough, only poor enough.
Nephew Fred: Don’t be so dismal, Uncle Ebenezer!
Ebenezer Scrooge: What else can I be when I live in a world full of fools babbling Merry Christmas at one another? What’s Christmas but a time for finding yourself a year older and not a day richer? There’s nothing merry in that. If I could work my will, nephew, 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.”

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“Tom Jenkins: Hot broth, Mr. Scrooge. A small token of Christmas esteem, with the compliments of Tom Jenkins.
Ebenezer Scrooge: No.
Tom Jenkins: And there’ll be a free can of broth, sir, every night for the coming year in gratitude for your infinite kindness…in giving me another two weeks to pay.
Ebenezer Scrooge: One week.
Tom Jenkins: Ten days?
Ebenezer Scrooge: One week.
Tom Jenkins: [defeated] One week.
Ebenezer Scrooge: And put a lid on that stuff, I’ll take it home.”

“Ebenezer Scrooge: Who are you?
Ghost of Christmas Past: I am the spirit whose coming was foretold to you.
Ebenezer Scrooge: You don’t look like a ghost.
Ghost of Christmas Past: Thank you.
Ebenezer Scrooge: May I inquire more precisely who or what you are?
Ghost of Christmas Past: I am the Ghost of Christmas Past.
Ebenezer Scrooge: Long past?
Ghost of Christmas Past: No. Your past.
Ebenezer Scrooge: And what business brings you here?
Ghost of Christmas Past: Your welfare.
Ebenezer Scrooge: [scoffs] To be wakened by a ghost at one o’clock in the morning is hardly conducive to my welfare!
Ghost of Christmas Past: Your redemption, then.”

“Ebenezer Scrooge: And be good enough to leave me alone during business hours.
Nephew Fred: Seven o’clock on Christmas Eve? That’s not business hours, that’s drudgery for the sake of it, and an insult to all men of goodwill.
Bob Cratchit: Here, here!
Nephew Fred: [surprised] Thank you, Bob Cratchit.
Ebenezer Scrooge: [slowly turns to Cratchit] Another word from you, Cratchit, and you will celebrate Christmas by losing your position.
Bob Cratchit: Yes, Sir. Sorry, Mr. Scrooge.
Ebenezer Scrooge: [turning back to Fred] You’re quite a powerful speaker, Sir. I wonder you don’t go into politics. You’re fool enough.”

“1st Portly Gentleman: Mr. Scrooge, sir, we find it more than usually desirable than we make some slight provision for the poor and destitute.
Ebenezer Scrooge: Excellent! Then I suggest you do so!
2nd Portly Gentleman: What may we put down for you, sir?
Ebenezer Scrooge: Nothing, sir.
1st Portly Gentleman: Ah, you wish to remain anonymous.
Ebenezer Scrooge: I wish to be left alone, sir! That is what I wish! I don’t make myself merry at Christmas and I cannot afford to make idle people merry. I have been forced to support the establishments I have mentioned through taxation and God knows they cost more than they’re worth. Those who are badly off must go there.
2nd Portly Gentleman: Many would rather die than go there.
Ebenezer Scrooge: If they’d rather die, then they had better do it and decrease the surplus population, Good night, gentlemen. [walks away, then turns back] Humbug!”

“Ebenezer Scrooge: [to Bob] You still don’t recognize me, do you Cratchit?
Bob Cratchit: Yes. No. You’re Father Christmas?
Ebenezer Scrooge: [chuckles] No. [pulls down his mask briefly]
Mrs. Cratchit: [screams] It’s Mr. Scrooge! He’s gone mad!
Bob Cratchit: It’s all right, dear. There’s nothing to be frightened of.
Ebenezer Scrooge: No, I haven’t gone mad. And on Monday, when your salary is doubled.
Bob Cratchit: Doubled? [to his wife] He has gone mad!
Ebenezer Scrooge: We’ll set together and discuss how I can help your family to start with. We’ll find the right doctors to get Tiny Tim well. And we will get him well you don’t.
Bob Cratchit: Yes! I believe you, I believe anything!”

“Ebenezer Scrooge: Why do you walk the earth? Why’d you come to persecute me? And what is that great chain you wear?
Jacob Marley’s Ghost: I wear the chain I forged in life. I made it, link by link and yard by yard, while on Earth, and now I will never be rid of it, any more than you will ever be rid of yours!
Ebenezer Scrooge: [shocked] Mine?
Jacob Marley’s Ghost: It was as heavy and long as this seven Christmases ago. It’s a terrible, ponderous chain you are making, Scrooge!
Ebenezer Scrooge: Tell me more, Marley, but speak comfort to me!
Jacob Marley’s Ghost: I have none to give.
Ebenezer Scrooge: None?
Jacob Marley’s Ghost: Comfort comes from other sources, Ebenezer Scrooge, and is given by other ministers than I to other kinds of men than you. When I lived, my spirit, like yours, never walked beyond the narrow limits of our counting house.
Ebenezer Scrooge: But you were always a good man of business, Jacob.
Jacob Marley’s Ghost: Mankind should be our business, Ebenezer, but we seldom attend to it… as you shall see.”

“Ebenezer Scrooge: [watching Fezziwig’s Christmas party] What a marvelous man…
Ghost of Christmas Past: What’s so marvelous? He’s merely spent a few pounds of your mortal money. Three or four, perhaps. What is that to be deserving of so much praise?
Ebenezer Scrooge: You don’t understand. He had the power to make us happy or unhappy, to make our work a pleasure or a burden. It’s nothing to do with money!”

“Ebenezer Scrooge: [Ghost of Christmas Present has brought Scrooge to Bob Cratchit’s home] I want to look in the window.
Ghost of Christmas Present: It will cost you nothing, which I’m sure is good news for you.
Ebenezer Scrooge: Will they be able to see me?
Ghost of Christmas Present: No, which I’m sure is good news for them.”

“[Scrooge is covertly watching Harry’s Christmas party]
Tom – Friend of Harry’s: Harry, I’ve visited you every Christmas for the past five years, and to this day I can never understand this extraordinary ritual of toasting the health of your old uncle Ebenezer. I mean, everyone knows he’s the most miserable old skinflint that ever walked God’s earth.
Ebenezer Scrooge: [glaring] Who’s he?
Ghost of Christmas Present: Oh… just a friend.
Nephew Fred: My dear Tom, it’s very simple. He is indeed a despicable old miser, worse than you could ever possibly imagine. [Ghost of Christmas Present bursts out laughing]
Ebenezer Scrooge: You find this amusing?
Ghost of Christmas Present: Believe it or not, he likes you.
Nephew Fred: See, I look at it this way: If I can wish a Merry Christmas to him, who is beyond dispute the most obnoxious and parsimonious of all living creatures, then I know in my heart that I am truly a man of goodwill.
Ebenezer Scrooge: [rising to lunge at Fred] Scoundrel!
Ghost of Christmas Present: Wait! There’s more to come.
Nephew Fred: And besides… I like old Scrooge!”

“Now, I’ll tell you what, my friend. I am not going to stand this sort of thing any longer. And therefore, I am about to raise your salary!…A merry Christmas, Bob! A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow, than I have given you for many a year! I’ll raise your salary, and endeavour to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon, over a Christmas bowl of smoking bishop, Bob! Make up the fires, and buy another coal-scuttle before you dot another i, Bob Cratchit!”


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