“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
“Accidents will occur in the best regulated families.
“'A merry Christmas, uncle God save you' cried a cheerful voice. 'Bah' said Scrooge. 'Humbug'
“'Out upon merry Christmas What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer... If I could work my will,' said Scrooge indignantly, 'every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' upon his lips should be boiled with his won pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should'
“Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
“I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time...
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.
“If a pig could give his mind to anything, he would not be a pig.
“Once upon a time--of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve--old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house.
“Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that.
English writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)
“I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
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