Amongst the many, many great Christmas movies sits the Jim Carrey-staring festive comedy, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This whacky fantasy film, based on the Dr. Seuss book of the same name, has been a firm favourite with audiences since it made its debut in 2000, and this is in large part because of Carrey’s memorable performance.

The actor brought the Grinch to life in a very expressive way, and with some great dialogue. In fact, the dialogue was so good that the Grinch’s lines remain a true (and hilarious) highlight of the movie.

In this post I am serving up a selection of quotes from the Grinch. These lines were uttered by the green-skinned grump in the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and they are simply superb.

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The Grinch – “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!”

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The Grinch – “MAX. HELP ME… I’m FEELING.”

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The Grinch – “Any calls?”

Grinch’s Answering Machine – “You have no messages.”

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

Grinch’s Answering Machine – “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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The Grinch – “Nice kid… baaad judge of character.”

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The Grinch – “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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The Grinch – “What’s that stench? It’s fantastic.”

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Narrator – “The Whos young and old would sit down to a feast, and they’ll feast, and they’ll feast.”

The Grinch – “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!”

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The Grinch – “It’s because I’m green isn’t it?”

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The Grinch – “We’re gonna die! We’re gonna die! I’m going to throw up, and then I’m gonna die! Mommy, tell it to stop!”

The Grinch – “Whew… ha! Almost lost my cool there.”

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The Grinch – “Blast this Christmas music. It’s joyful and triumphant.”

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The Grinch – “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…”

The Grinch – “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…”

The Grinch – “…stupid, stupid, stupid!”

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The Grinch – “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.”

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And finally…

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

The Grinch – “Hello?”

Echo – “Hello.”

The Grinch – “How are you?”

Echo – “How are you?”

The Grinch – “I asked you first.”

Echo – “I asked you first.”

The Grinch – “Oh right, that’s REALLY mature, saying exactly what I say.”

Echo – “…Saying exactly what I say.”

The Grinch – “I’m an idiot!”

Echo – “You’re an idiot!”

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Thank you for stopping by It’s A Stampede! to read this post about the best Grinch movie quotes. For more festive posts, be sure to check out the recommended holiday reads below.

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