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18 beautiful Christmas quotes from literature

by Jennifer McShane
25th Dec 2020

Fancy some light, festive reading? These Christmassy quotes from literature are worth a look

After weeks of build-up, the big day is here.

It’s easy to forget (amidst all the madness and frantic gift buying) that Christmas is a time for experiencing the joy of being around those you love.

When it’s difficult to put your feelings into words, we can always turn to beautiful prose, written by those who came before us, for inspiration.

These 18 quotes, written by many fine writers, poets and authors, truly sum up the spirit of the season and are worth a read as we continue to enjoy this special time of year.

1. The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting. – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

2. Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart – filled it, too – with melody that would last forever. – Bess Streeter Aldrich, Song of Years

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– Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

4. Christmas was close at hand, in all his bluff and hearty honesty; it was the season of hospitality, merriment, and open-heartedness; the old year was preparing, like an ancient philosopher, to call his friends around him, and amid the sound of feasting and revelry to pass gently and calmly away. – Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers

5. “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” – W. T. Ellis

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7.  Fine old Christmas, with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in the noblest fashion, and had set off his rich gifts of warmth and colour with all the heightening contrast of frost and snow. – George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss

8. “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

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10.  A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. – Garrison Keillor, Leaving Home

11. It was the beginning of the greatest Christmas ever. Little food. No presents. But there was a snowman in their basement. – Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

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13. “Christmas is a day that holds all time together.” – Alexander Smith

14. Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand. – Dr Seuss 

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16. Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today’s Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday. – Gladys Taber

17. “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” – Bob Hope

18. “At Christma,s I no more desire a rose/ Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled shows.” – William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

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