“A Christmas Carol,’’ written by Charles Dickens in 1843, has become synonymous with the holiday season, and with good reason. It's a ghost story with a moral, a message of hope, good cheer and Christian redemption, and an assertion of the value of the Christmas festival when families get together for feasting, and quarrels are made up. The story is especially poignant during the season of goodwill to all.
A Christmas Carol - Key plot details
Here are a few memorable quotes from the tale, in the hope of inspiring you to become reacquainted with it this year.
“I have always thought of Christmastime, when it has come round...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.”
“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!”
‘’I don’t know what to do! I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to every-body! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!”
“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!’’
‘’No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.’’
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”
"God bless Us, Every One!"