"But you were always a good man of business Jacob."
"Business! Mankind was my business... The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business."
"A small matter to make these silly folks so full of gratitude."
Why! Is it not? He has spent but a few pounds of your mortal money... Is that so much that he deserves this praise?"
"It isn't that, Spirit. He has the power to render us happy or unhappy... Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count 'em up... The happiness he gives is quite as great as if it cost a fortune."
"... a room, not very large or handsome, but full of comfort" (638 - 639).
"Mr. Scrooge it was. I passed his office window; and asit was not shut up, and he had a candle inside, I could scarcely help seeing him. His partner lies upon the point of death, I hear; and there he sat alone. Quite alone in the world, I do believe."
When the ghost of Jacob Marley visits Scrooge and shows him how he is being punished for how he was during his life, Scrooge tells him that he always did his work well and made lots of money. Jacob Marley then says that he should have been concerned with other people and that what he did with work and money was only a small part of his life. This goes to show that money is not the measure of human accomplishment.
"... he pocketed on Saturdays but fifteen [shillings]; and yet the Ghost of Christmas Present blessed his four-roomed house" (646).
"A merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us!"
When Scrooge is taken back to Fezziwig's party by the Ghost of Christmas Past, realizes that the people there were not happy just because of the money Fezziwig spent on the party. Scrooge realized that the way he treated them made them happier than any amount of money could have. This shows that money is not what brings joy or the measure of human accomplishment.
"Who's worse for the loss of a few things like these? Not a dead man I suppose?"
"If he wanted to keep 'em after he was dead, a wicked old screw, why wasn't he natural in his lifetime? If he had been, he'd have had somebody to look after him when he was struck with Death, instead of lying gasping out his last there, alone by himself."
As a young man, Scrooge was engaged to his love Belle, but she called off their engagement because he became obsessed with money. Later, Belle married someone else and, though she did not have a lot of money, was very happy, while Scrooge was rich, but alone and miserable. Their situations prove that money cannot bring happiness and therefore is not the measure of human accomplishment.
"Still the Ghost pointed downward to the grave by which it stood...Scrooge crept toward it... and, following the finger, read upon the stone of the neglected grave his own name, EBENEZER SCROOGE" (663).
"Am I that man who lay upon the bed?"
Though the Cratchit family was extremely poor, they were very happy. They were also very grateful for everything that they had, including each other, and kind to others. They reveal that you do not need lots of money to be happy, which establishes that money is not eh measure of human accomplishment.
"God bless us every one!"
The Ghost of Christmas Future showed Scrooge a group of thieves, who had taken the things of a rich man who had died. One of the robbers said that he was not kind while he was alive, so he was alone and they were able to take all of his stuff easily. This demonstrates how worthless material wealth is after death, especially if there is no one to leave it to, showing that money is not the measure of human accomplishment.
When taken to the graveyard and shown his own grave, Scrooge has the revelation that all of the scenes where others do not care or profit off of the death of a lonely rich man were of his own. His grave was also neglected as no one was there to care for it and Scrooge's memory. Scrooge realizes that this is all because of how greedy he was, teaching him that money is not the measure of human accomplishment.