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Grinch Quotes For The Holidays and Naysayers

The story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, these Grinch quotes will get you in the holiday spirit.

The Grinch has been a holiday staple since Dr. Suess’ original poem was published in 1957. Since then it has been made into a movie starring Jim Carrey, and an animated movie, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Is the Grinch a part of your holiday traditions?

Whether you watch it, or read it, it’s pretty hard to imagine Christmas without the Grinch. It’s even become a term we can call any unfestive person, or anyone who exhibits Grinchy behavior.

Check out these Grinch quotes from the book and both movies. Then go grab the kids and read the book, or make some cocoa and snuggle on the couch while re-watching the films!

Jim Carrey’s Funniest Grinch Quotes

1.) “Oh. Bleeding hearts of the world UNITE.” – Jim Carrey

Grinch Quotes about bleeding hearts

2.) “One man’s toxic sludge is another man’s potpourri.” – Jim Carrey

funny Grinch Quotes

3.) “I could hang myself with all the bad Christmas neckties I found at the dump.” – Jim Carrey

Grinch Quotes about christmas

4.) “Hate, hate, hate. Hate, hate, hate. Double Hate. Loathe entirely!” – Jim Carrey

Grinch Quotes about hate

5.) “Blast this Christmas music. It’s joyful and triumphant.” – Jim Carrey

Grinch Quotes and sayings

6.) “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.” – Jim Carrey

7.) “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.” – Jim Carrey

8.) “And they’ll feast, feast, feast, feast. They’ll eat their Who-Pudding and rare Who-Roast Beast. But that’s something I just cannot stand in the least. Oh, no. I’M SPEAKING IN RHYME!” – Jim Carrey

9.) “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.” – Jim Carrey

10.) “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.” – Jim Carrey

11.) “What’s that stench? It’s fantastic.” – Jim Carrey

12.) “And then all the noise. All the noise, noise, noise, NOISE! They’ll bang on tong-tinglers, blow their foo-flounders, they’ll crash on jang-jinglers, and bounce on boing-bounders!” – Jim Carrey

13.) “Oh, the Who-manity.” – Jim Carrey

Grinch quotes on the things The Grinch says to Max

14.) “Max, grab a bag. We’ll come back for the rest. Of course when I say “we” I mean “you.” – Jim Carrey

15.) “That is not a chew toy. You have no idea where it’s been.” – Jim Carrey

16.) “I tell you, Max, I don’t know why I ever leave this place. I’ve got all the company I need right here.” – Jim Carrey

17.) “Give me that! Don’t you know you’re not supposed to take things that don’t belong to you?” – Jim Carrey

18.) “Well done, Max! Serves them right, those yuletide-loving…sickly-sweet, nog-sucking cheer mongers! I really don’t like ’em. Mm-mm. No, I don’t.” – Jim Carrey

19.) “Those Whos are hard to frazzle, Max. But, we did our worst, and that’s all that matters.” – Jim Carrey

20.) “Beautiful, isn’t it, Max? This, my little friend, is the Rein-Horn. It perfectly recreates the mating call of the reindeer. Behold.” – Benedict Cumberbatch

21.) “Today was great! We did mean things, and we did them in style.” – Benedict Cumberbatch

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Classic Grinch quotes from the book

22.) “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.” – Dr. Suess

23.) “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more?” – Dr. Suess

24.) “The ribbons! The wrappings! The tags! And the tinsel! The trimmings! The trappings!” – Dr. Suess

25.) “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!” – Dr. Suess

26.) “You’re a monster, Mr. Grinch. Your heart’s an empty hole. Your brain is full of spiders, You’ve got garlic in your soul.” – Dr. Suess

27.) “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch / You really are a heel / You’re as cuddly as a cactus, you’re as charming as an eel / Mr Gri-inch! / You’re a bad banana with a…greasy black peel.” – Dr. Suess

28.) “The Grinch hated Christmas—the whole Christmas season. Oh, please don’t ask why, no one quite knows the reason. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right. But I think that the most likely reason of all…may have been that his heart was 2 sizes too small.” – Dr. Suess

29.) “You’re a rotter, Mr. Grinch / You’re the king of sinful sots / Your heart’s a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots / Mr. Gri-inch! / You’re a three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce!” – Dr Suess

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Grinch quotes on what was said when the Grinch grew a heart

30.) “Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” – Dr. Seuss

31.) “And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.” – Dr. Suess

32.) “And he, he himself…the Grinch…carved the roast-beast!” – Dr. Seuss

33.) “Now you listen to me, young lady! Even if we’re horribly mangled, there’ll be no sad faces on Christmas.” – Jim Carrey

34.) “And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of*ten Grinches, plus two!” – How The Grinch Stole Christmas

35.) “HELP ME… I’m FEELING.” – Jim Carrey

36.) “Oh no. The Presents. They’ll be destroyed. …And I *care*! What is the DEAL???” – Jim Carrey

37.) “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?” – Jim Carrey
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Grinch quotes about Santa and reindeer

38.) “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!” – Jim Carrey

39.) “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!” – Jim Carrey

40.) “Cindy Lou Who: Santa, what’s the meaning of Christmas? The Grinch: VENGEANCE! I mean… Presents… I suppose.” – Jim Carrey

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41.) “What a great Grinchy trick. With this coat and this hat, I’ll look just like Saint Nick!” – Jim Carrey

42.) “BRILLIANT. You reject your own nose because it represents the glitter of commercialism. Why didn’t I think of that? Cut, print, moving on.” – Jim Carrey

Quotes from the newest Grinch Movie

43.) “Yes, Whoville is great, that is known far and wide and three weeks through December, this place hits its stride. Yes, the Whos down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot. But the Grinch, in his cave north of Whoville, did not.” – Narrator, Grinch Movie 2018

44.) “Sorry, I can’t hear you. I don’t speak ridiculous.” – Benedict Cumberbatch

45.) “This is the loudest snow I’ve ever heard in my life.” – Benedict Cumberbatch

46.) “He swept up their presents with the speed of a wiz. And he knew he’d cause sadness, only theirs now, not his. All this excess and nonsense, it was all about greed. About meaningless stuff that they didn’t even need. Yeah. The Grinch went to work. He scooped up the toys. He raced against time, he raced against joy. He hit a few snags as he made his way through an angry orange cat and a sleepwalking Who.” – Narrator, Grinch Movie 2018

47.) “Look at those greedy little monsters. Loading themselves up with Christmas junk.” – Benedict Cumberbatch

48.) “Oh hey look, it’s me. Oh dear!” – Benedict Cumberbatch

49.) “That’s 223 houses and only seven hours of darkness to work with.” – Benedict Cumberbatch

50.) “Believe you me there will be temptation all around us. Behold! The present.” – Benedict Cumberbatch

Grinch quotes that will make your day

51. “Maybe Christmas (he thought) doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” — The Grinch

52. “What is that stench? It’s fantastic.” — The Grinch

53. “It’s because I’m green isn’t it?” — The Grinch

54. “I could use a little social interaction.” — The Grinch

55. “Cheer up, dude. It’s Christmas.” — The Grinch

56. “Saving you, is that what you think I was doing? Wrong-o. I merely noticed that you’re improperly packaged, my dear.” — The Grinch

57. “Be it ever so heinous, there’s no place like home.” — The Grinch

58. “I don’t need anything more for Christmas than this right here. My family.” — Lou Lou Who

59. “Stupid. Ugly. Out of date. This is ridiculous. If I can’t find something nice to wear I’m not going.” — The Grinch

60. “Are you two still living?”— The Grinch

Memorable Grinch quotes

61. “No one should be alone on Christmas.” — Cindy Lou Who

62. “Kids today. So desensitized by movies and television.” — The Grinch

63. “Am I just eating because I’m bored?” — The Grinch

64. “I’m an idiot. You’re an idiot!” — The Grinch

65. “Tomorrow is Christmas. It’s practically here!” — The Grinch

66. “You can’t hurt Christmas, Mr. Mayor because it isn’t about the gifts or the contests or the fancy lights.” — Lou Lou Who

67. “I’m all toasty inside.” — The Grinch

68. “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.”— The Grinch

69. “No matter how different a Who may appear, he will always be welcomed with holiday cheer.” — Cindy Lou Who

70. “But what would I wear?”— The Grinch

More Grinch quotes

71. “What’s Santa have that I don’t?” — The Grinch

72. “What’s the matter with you, you some kind of wild animal? Huh?”— The Grinch

73. “One man’s toxic waste is another man’s potpurri.” — The Grinch

74. “I’m all toasty inside.” — The Grinch

75. “Somebody’s fabulous!” — The Grinch

76. “Look, I don’t wanna make waves, but this whole Christmas season is stupid, stupid, stupid!” — The Grinch

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77. “With a smile to his soul, he descended Mount Crumpet / Cheerily blowing “Who! Who!” on his trumpet.” – Dr. Seuss

78. “Holiday who-be what-ee?” — The Grinch

79. “Christmas Day is in our grasp So long as we have hands to grasp.” – Dr. Seuss

80. “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.” — The Grinch

81. “There is no more dangerous or disgusting habit than that of celebrating Christmas before it comes.” – G.K. Chesterton

82. “YOU will guide my sleigh tonight!” — Grinch

83. “I don’t know what’s in this cake but I think I just saw Santa Claus. I’ma get me another slice!” — Mr. Bricklebaum

84. “I specifically bought enough food to last me until January. How much emotional eating have I been doing?” — Grinch

85. “Today was great! We did mean things and we did them in style.” — Grinch

86. “If I’m gonna become Santa, then I need to get into character.” — Grinch

Classic Grinch quotes from the book

87. “Christmas Day will always be/ Just as long as we have we.” -The Whos

88. “She stared at the Grinch and said, ‘Santy Claus, why, why are you taking our Christmas tree? WHY?‘” -Cindy Lou Who

89. “But this sound wasn’t sad! Why, this sound sounded glad!” -Dr. Seuss

90. “They’re just waking up! I know just what they’ll do! Their mouths will hang open a minute or two Then the Whos down in Whoville will all cry boo-hoo!” -The Grinch

91. “Welcome Christmas. Bring your cheer, Cheer to all Whos, far and near.” -The Whos

92. “He brought everything back, all the food for the feast!” -Dr. Seuss

93. “He rode into Whoville. He brought back their toys. He brought back their floof to the Who girls and boys.” -Dr. Seuss

94. “Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, Was singing without any presents at all!” -Dr. Seuss

95. “Then he slid down the chimney, a rather tight pinch. But if Santa could do it, then so could the Grinch.” -Dr. Seuss

96. “And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the noise! Noise! Noise! Noise! There’s one thing I hate! All the NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!” -The Grinch

Popular Grinch quotes

97. “Greasy? Stinky? Do I have a zit?” – Grinch

98. “Yes, I heard him all right. He said he was sorry.” – Officer Wholihan

99. “You heard him, Officer. He admitted it. I’d go with the pepper spray.” – Mayor Augustus Maywho

100. “Max, pick out a bow.” – Grinch

101. “And if you marry me, you get this new car, which has been generously paid by the taxpayers of Whoville.” – Mayor Augustus Maywho

102. “Hold still.” – Grinch

103. “Grinch: Can I use your finger for a sec?” Grinch

104. “Sweet? You think he’s sweet?” – Grinch

105. “Odd. Better check the outgoing.” – Grinch

106. “Cindy Lou Who: Thanks for saving me.” – Grinch

Which of these Grinch quotes is your favorite?

Have a happy holiday! Remember, don’t be a Grinch. The true meaning of the holidays can get lost under all of the “gifts, gifts, gifts” and “noise, noise, noise”, but try and keep in mind that Christmas doesn’t come from a store.

Young or old, the lessons learned in the Grinch can be kept in our hearts year after year. The retelling of this story helps teach future generations that, maybe, the meaning of Christmas “is something a little more.”

Did you enjoy these memorable Grinch quotes? Which of the quotes is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  1. Jessica

    December 18, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Great article! Quote 44 is definitely my favorite one. I really enjoyed this one

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