12 Humbling Life Lessons/Quotes from ‘A Christmas Carol’

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens created a popular concept that has been reiterated throughout tons of movies and publications since the 1843 release. The attention is rightfully earned as there are many lessons to be learned from this novella. Here are the twelve most thought-provoking lines from the original print:

1 – “It may be, that in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man’s child.” The Ghost of Christmas Present (Stave Three)

Feeling “above” others is extremely foolish. In the big picture of the universe, we are all the same.

2 – “However, his offences carry their own punishment, and I have nothing to say against him.” Nephew (Stave Three)

Seeking revenge is only damaging to the seeker. The person that has done the original wrongs will get what he/she deserves in the end. Don’t seek revenge, let the world give its own punishment.

3 – “I am sure he loses pleasanter companions than he can find in his own thoughts, either in his moldy old office, or his dusty chambers.” Nephew (Stave Three)

When others do wrong or are rude, they will be the loser in the end. Do not seek to punish those who have done damage. Their own evilness will come back to haunt them sooner than later.

4 – “Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset…” Narrator (Stave Five)

Do your thing, always, no matter what others might think. Regardless of what you are doing – whether it’s a clown routine or becoming a CEO – there will always be someone out there laughing and mocking. Let them laugh, they don’t have to understand our own joy and ambitions.

5 – “…there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.” Narrator (Stave Three)

Spread the joy, spread the love.

6 – “I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.” Scrooge (Stave Four)

Embrace every aspect of who you are, from birth to death.

7 – “There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say.” Nephew (Stave One)

Making money off of situations or people is not an indication of how meaningful those things are. All good things do not have to be tied to income.

8 – “It’s not my business,” Scrooge returned. “It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s.” Scrooge (Stave One)

Unless someone confides, don’t pursue information that doesn’t belong in your world.

9 – “…for it is always the person not in the predicament who knows what ought to have been done in it..” Narrator (Stave Three)

If the entire story is not known, do not judge the situation or person in the situation. Those on the outside always have the strongest opinions even though they know the least.

10 – “I wear the chain I forged in life…” Marley’s Ghost (Stave One)

You reap what you sow.

11 – “…we were poor and content to be so…” (Stave Two)

Lacking financial security does not equal unhappiness. On the other hand, having a lot of money does not equal happiness.

12 – “…in short, I should have liked, I do confess, to have had the lightest license of a child, and yet been man enough to know its value.” Narrator (Stave Two)

Children are wise, carefree, and content. It wouldn’t hurt if we all mimicked the attitudes of kids.


Thank you for reading this post. I hope you plan to read or have read A Christmas Carol. It’s a humbling read for any person, any season of the year. Have a great day 🙂

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