Eight Life Lessons from A Christmas Carol


1. No one likes a penny pincher: “Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster.”

2. A sense of humor goes a long way: “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

3. Take advantage of life’s opportunities: “No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.”

4. Don’t just be nice around the holidays: “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”

5. Don’t dwell on the past, but don’t forget it either: “I will live in the past, the present, and the future. The spirits of all three shall strive within me.”

6. You can teach an old dog new tricks: “Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years it was a splendid laugh!”

7. Developing a good catchphrase helps people remember you: “Bah,” said Scrooge, “Humbug.”

8. An alliterative nickname doesn’t hurt either: “God bless us every one!” said Tiny Tim, the last of all.”


What’s your favorite piece of advice? Is there a life lesson from Dickens that I missed? Let me know in the comments.

Also let me know what your favorite holiday books are!

3 thoughts on “Eight Life Lessons from A Christmas Carol

  1. Perhaps Dickens most enduring life lessons are: don’t be born poor or lower class in England; always work for social reform because society can always be a better place for everyone; having a really descriptive name will make you memorable.

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