The Man Who Invented Christmas – Quotes
Charles Dickens: Americans are friendly, hospitable, … warm-hearted, and enthusiastic…I can’t wait to get home [to England].
Charles Dickens: I tell you, Forster, my lamp’s gone out. I’ve run out of ideas. I’m old.
Charles Dickens: How can I say no if there’s [any good I can do in the world]?
Kate Dickens: Charles, you give money to any and every beggar in the streets and move into a large house…and then [complain about every little penny spent].
Scrooge (?): I don’t approve of… pick pockets…orphans…[etc.]… in novels. Those people don’t belong in books.
Charles Dickens: Those people? You mean the poor? You didn’t receive any help at all? None?!
Scrooge’s wife (?): Well, papa did give us a little cotton mill.
Publisher: Not much of a market for Christmas books.
Charles Dickens: Christmas ought to be the one day when men and women open their hearts to one another…
John: Why throw everything away for a minor holiday?
Charles Dickens: Oh, I’ve never believed in anything more firmly in my life!!!
Charles Dickens: Get the name right and then, if you’re lucky, the character will appear. He’s not here yet.
Marley: I wear the chain forged in life. I made it link by link, yard by yard. Of my own free will I girded it about me. Of my own free will I wore it.
Charles Dickens about his dad: He bobs around like a cork on the surface of life without a thought of the future.
Charles’ sister about their father: He means no harm… for all his faults, you won’t find a kinder man.
Scrooge: Mucking around in the past? What’s the point?
Charles Dickens: You might learn something.
John: People will believe anything if you are properly dressed.
Tara: Scrooge would save him! He can’t. He wouldn’t let Tiny Time die. He has a heart in there somewhere. He’s not a monster!
Charles’ mother: Don’t be unkind, Charlie. … He feels it all. He would never tell you, but he feels it all.
John: My one criticism—Tiny Tim. You really gonna let him die?! It’s a Christmas story…. [Shouldn’t it be hopeful?!]
Charles Dickens: I’m the author here!
Scrooge: Allegedly. Now, if you take my advice…
Charles Dickens: The problem is could a man as mean spirited as Scrooge, as evil… change? … He’s not evil. He’s cheap…. He has no one else… He’s afraid… of being found out.
John: Nightmares, heh? I’ve got one where I’m being chased by a giant badger.
Charles Dickens: The characters won’t do what I want and I’m afraid. If I can’t finish it I’ll never write again.
Charles Dickens: My wife doesn’t understand me.
John: I’ve got news for you… none of us understand you. You’re a freak of nature. I’m exhausted spending two hours in your company.
A kid to young Charles Dickens in the work house: You’re no better than us… and you best learn that.
Charles Dickens: You knew what I was like when you married me.
Kate Dickens: But you have no idea what it’s like to live with you.
Kate Dickens: You have two selves—one who is kind and gentle, and one who no one is allowed to question.
Kate Dickens: Sometimes I think your characters matter more to you than your own flesh and blood.
Scrooge: Look for yourself—what do you see? A nothing. A debtor’s son. [Your dad] failed you again and again. You said so yourself—nothing but a drag and a chain.
People don’t change, Charlie. Look around you.
Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come (?): You’re useless.
Charles Dickens: No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another. My father taught me that.
Scrooge: I don’t want to die. Not like this. Alone. Unloved. Forgotten. It’s too late.
Charles Dickens: No. It’s never too late. Honor Christmas and try to keep it all year.
Scrooge: I beg you—let me do some good before I die.
In the season of hope we will shut out nothing from our [hearts]… and everyone will be welcome.
December 19th his books were available to the public. By Christmas all were sold out.
Overnight, charitable giving soared.
His book changed how we celebrate Christmas.