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33 Quotes from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Quotes from How the Grinch Stole Christmas:


How the Grinch Stole Christmas, also referred to as The Grinch, is a film directed by Ron Howard, book by Dr. Seuss, and screenplay by Peter S. Seaman and Jeffrey Price.

The film stars Jim Carrey in the title role, along with Taylor Momsen, Molly Shannon, Bill Irwin, Christine Baranski, and Jeffrey Tambor.

The story revolves around a grumpy character known as the Grinch who lives in a cave on Mt. Crumpit, located just north of the town of Who-ville.

The Whos in Who-ville love Christmas and celebrate it with much joy, which greatly annoys the Grinch because of his hatred for Christmas.

Driven by this annoyance, the Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for the Whos. He disguises himself as Santa Claus and descends to Whoville on Christmas Eve while everyone is sleeping.

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12/14/00 New York, NY. Jim Carrey (making a Grinch face) at the Toy Fair Whobilation, celebrating Universal Pictures” and Imagine Entertainment’s upcoming live-action release of “Dr. Seuss” How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” – @Getty

He steals all the Christmas presents, decorations, and food, hoping that by doing so, he can stop Christmas from coming.

However, when the Whos wake up on Christmas morning, they still celebrate Christmas with their usual joy and warmth, even without the presents and decorations.

This surprises the Grinch, who thought that Christmas was just about materialistic things.

He realizes that Christmas is more about the spirit of love, joy, and community. Overcome by this realization, the Grinch’s heart grows three sizes that day. He returns everything he stole to the Whos and joins them in their Christmas celebration.

List of 33 Quotes from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!:

#1 ”And they’ll feast, feast, feast, feast. They’ll eat their Who-Pudding and rare Who-roast Beast. But there’s something I just cannot stand in least… Oh no. I’m speaking in rhyme!”

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Jim Carrey lifting sled over his head in a scene from the film ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’, 2000 – @Getty

#2 ”Hate, hate, hate. Hate, hate, hate. Double Hate. Loathe entirely!”

#3 ”I am the Grinch that stole Christmas… and I’m sorry. Aren’t you going to cuff me? Beat me up? Blind me with pepper spray?”

#4 “One man’s toxic sludge is another man’s potpourri.”

#5 ”That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? That’s what it’s always been *about*. Gifts, gifts… gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts. You wanna know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me. In your garbage. You see what I’m saying? In your *garbage*. I could hang myself with all the bad Christmas neckties I found at the dump. And the avarice…”

#6 ”Blast this Christmas music. It’s joyful and triumphant.”

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Jim Carrey looking through phone directory in a scene from the film ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’, 2000 – @Getty

#7 ”For fifty-three years, Christmas has brought me nothing but misery. I know just what to do. I become Santa Clause to steal their Christmas. If he could deliver it one night, then I can steal it. What’s Santa have that I don’t?”

#8 ”Grinch: Hello!
Grinch’s Echo: Hello! Hello! Hello!
Grinch: How are you?
Grinch’s Echo: How are you? How are you? How are you?
Grinch: I asked you first.
Grinch’s Echo: I asked you first. I asked you first. I asked you first.
Grinch: Oh, that’s real mature. Saying exactly what I say.
Grinch’s Echo: Exactly what I say. Exactly what I say. Exactly what I say.
Grinch: I’m an idiot.
Grinch’s Echo: You’re an idiot.
Grinch: [Whispering] All right. Fine. I’m not talking to you anymore. In fact, I’m going to whisper. So that by the time the sound of my voice reverberates off the walls and gets back to me, I won’t be able to hear it.
Grinch’s Echo: You’re an idiot.”

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#9 ”Saving you, is that what you think I was doing? Wrong-o. I just noticed that you were improperly packaged, my dear.”Grinch quotes

#10 ”Phone: You have no messages.
Grinch: Odd. Better check the outgoing. [presses another button]
Phone Message (Grinch’s voice): If you utter so much as one syllable, I’LL HUNT YOU DOWN AND GUT YOU LIKE A FISH! If you’d like to fax me, press the star key.”

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#11 ”We’re gonna die! We’re gonna die! I’m gonna throw up, and then I’m gonna die! Mommy tell it to stop!”

#12 ”The avarice never ends! “I want golf clubs. I want diamonds. I want a pony so I can ride it twice, get bored and sell it to make glue.” Look, I don’t wanna make waves, but this whole Christmas season is stupid, stupid, stupid!”

#13 ”How dare you to enter the Grinch’s lair!? The insolence! The audacity! The unmitigated gall!”How the Grinch Stole Christmas! quotes

#14 ”Am I just eating because I’m bored?”

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#15 ”Now you listen to me, young lady! Even if we’re horribly mangled, there’ll be no sad faces on Christmas.”

#16 ”I could use a little social interaction.”


#18 “Pop guns! And bicycles! Roller skates! Drums! Checkerboards! Tricycles! Popcorn! And plums! And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, very nimbly, stuffed all the bags, one by one, up the chimbley!

#19 ”It’s because I’m green, isn’t it?! ~points long finger at taxi…”

#20 ”The nerve of those Whos. Inviting me down there – on such short notice! Even if I wanted to go my schedule wouldn’t allow it. 4:00, wallow in self-pity; 4:30, stare into the abyss; 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one; 5:30, jazzercize; 6:30, dinner with me – I can’t cancel that again; 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing… I’m booked. Of course, if I bump the loathing to 9, I could still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear?”

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#21 ”Give me that! Don’t you know you’re not supposed to take things that don’t belong to you? What’s the matter with you, you some kind of wild animal? Huh?”Quotes from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

#22 ”Cindy Lou Who: Santa, what’s the meaning of Christmas?
The Grinch: VENGEANCE! I mean… Presents… I suppose.”

#23 ”I tell you, Max, I don’t know why I ever leave this place. I’ve got all the company I need right here.”

#24 “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.”

#25 ”I know just what to do! I’ll make a quick Santy Claus hat and a coat.”

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#26 ”I know what to do. I’m going to steal their Christmas.”

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Jim Carrey in a scene from the film ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’, 2000 – @Getty

#27 ”Fat boy ought to finish up any time now. Talk about a recluse! He only comes out once a year, and HE never catches any flak for it! Probably lives up there to avoid the taxes!”

#28 ”That is not a chew toy. You have no idea where it’s been.”

#29 ”All right, you’re a reindeer. Here’s your motivation: Your name is Rudolph, you’re a freak with a red nose, and no one likes you. Then, one day, Santa picks you and you save Christmas. No, forget that part. We’ll improvise… just keep it kind of loosey-goosey. You hate Christmas! You’re gonna steal it. Saving Christmas is a lousy ending, way too commercial. Action!”

#30 ”He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!”

#31 ”Look, I don’t wanna make waves, but this whole Christmas season is stupid, stupid, stupid!.”

#32 ”And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of*ten Grinches, plus two!”

#33 “Holiday who-be what-ee?.”

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