Quotations from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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“Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”(62)

“This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.” (108)

“There are some upon this earth of yours,” returned the Spirit, “who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us.” (92)

“‘God bless us every one!’ said Tiny Tim, the last…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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24 Responses to Quotations from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I’ve used that first quote several times. It’s scary how often it becomes appropriate.

  2. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, thank you so much!

  3. beetleypete says:

    Great quotes found by Charles. And more reasons why I love the writing of Dickens so much. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Thank you for bringing another great quote closer to me, Jennie! Best wishes for the weekend. MIchael

  5. Mischenko says:

    These are nice quotes, Jennie. I just love this book and I’m reading it now. I try to every year. 💚❤💚 Merry Christmas!

  6. These quotes are so relevant to modern day Africa it is scary.

  7. dgkaye says:

    These quotes are becoming current along with Orwell’s 1984. Great share! 🙂

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