“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.
“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
“'At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge,' said the gentleman, taking up a pen, 'it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. ... We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.'
“Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all doing direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
“Then Bob proposed 'A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us' Which all his family re-echoed. 'God bless us every one' said Tiny Tim, the last of all.
“Accidents will occur in the best regulated families.
“With affection beaming out of one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.
“There is a wisdom of the head, and ... a wisdom of the heart.
“...it was always said of him Scrooge 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
English writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)
“The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness.
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