The Top 14 'Miracle on 34th Street' Quotes

The Most Memorable Lines from This Classic Film

Miracle on 34th Street

Do you remember the most memorable quotes from "Miracle on 34th Street?" If you grew up watching this feel-good 1947 Christmas classic, as many people did, you no doubt have retained the basic plotline of the film. Or, you may be familiar with the 1994 theatrical remake.

Edmund Gwenn stars as Kris Kringle—the benevolent Santa Claus. Christmas time, however, has become a commercial racket where shoppers try to get the best deals and stores outdo each other in attracting consumers. This movie spins that a bit and brings a whole lot of fun and entertainment.

Over time, the most touching lines in the film may have escaped your memory, unless you're a particularly die-hard fan. Relive the film, and your childhood, with these "Miracle on 34th Street" quotes.

Faith, Commercialism, and Santa on 34th Street

Kris Kringle: "Oh, Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind...and that's what's been changing. That's why I'm glad I'm here, maybe I can do something about it."

Fred Gailey: "Look Doris, someday you're going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn't work. And when you do, don't overlook those lovely intangibles. You'll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile."

Susan Walker: "I believe...I believe.... It's silly, but I believe."

Susan Walker: "If you're really Santa Claus, you can get it for me. And if you can't, you're only a nice man with a white beard, like mother says."

Fred Gailey: "All my life I've wondered something, and now's my chance to find out. I'm going to find the answer to a question that's puzzled the world for centuries. Does Santa Claus sleep with his whiskers outside or in?

Kris Kringle: "Now wait a minute, Susie. Just because every child can't get his wish that doesn't mean there isn't a Santa Claus."

Susan Walker: "You mean it's like, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."

Kris Kringle: "To market, to market, to buy a fat pig! Home again, home again, jiggety-jig. To market, to market, to buy a fat hog! Home again, home again, jiggety..."

Doris Walker: "Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to."

Doris Walker: "Susan, I speak French, but that does not make me Joan of Arc."

Doris Walker: "And by filling them full of fairy tales they grow up considering life a fantasy instead of reality."

Mr. Shellhammer: "I just know that with that man on the throne my department will sell more toys than it ever has. I just feel it."

Alfred: "There is a lot of bad 'isms' floating around this world and one of the worst is commercialism."

Charles Halloran: "All right, you go back and tell them that the New York State Supreme Court rules there's no Santa Claus. It's all over the papers. The kids read it and they don't hang up their stockings.