Monk’s Christmas Vow

Preparing for the once-a-year speech


At a monastery high in the mountains, the monks have a rigid vow of silence. Only at Christmas, and only by one monk, and only with one sentence, is the vow allowed to be broken.

One Christmas, Brother Ben is allowed to speak and he says, “I like the mashed potatoes we have with the Christmas turkey!” and he sits down. Silence ensues for 365 days.

The next Christmas, Brother David gets his turn, and he says, “I think the mashed potatoes are lumpy and I hate them!”

Once again, silence for 366 days (it’s leap year). The following Christmas, Brother Rod rises and says, “I am fed up with this constant bickering!”


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Silence gives consent. - Pope Boniface VIII

Dancing is silent poetry. - Simonides

Liberty is the right to silence. - Unknown

Silence is sometimes the best answer. - Unknown

From politics, it was an easy step to silence. - Jane Austen

Silence is the true friend that never betrays. - Confucius

I never heard a minute's silence like that. - Glenn Hoddle

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation. - Hannah More

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence. - Xenocrates

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech. - Martin Fraquhar Tupper

The Bible tells us to forgive our enemies, not our friends. - Margot Asquith

There is nothing more important than appearing to be religious. - Niccolo Machiavelli

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. - Abraham Lincoln

Give me a couple of pages of the Bible, and I'll give you a picture. - Cecil B. DeMille

Silence is golden unless you have kids. Then silence is just suspicious. - Unknown

As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue. - Albert Einstein

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. - Alice Walker

In this religious order has flourished and is revitalized the order of Knighthood. - Knights Templar

If my Valentine you won't be,
I'll hang myself on your Christmas tree. - Ernest Hemingway

Aren't we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa. - Bart Simpson

If I get married again, I want a guy there with a drum to do rim shots during the vows. - Sam Kinison

Real love is a humble receptivity of a silent heart that is prepared to melt and merge. - Banani Ray

The church is close, but the road is icey. The tavern is far, but I will walk carefully. - Russian Proverb

Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongue. - Old Testament

If 'ifs and buts' were 'candy and nuts', we'd have Christmas every day. - Unknown

Complaint always comes back in an echo from the ends of the world, but silence strengthens us. - G K Chesterton

Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart. - Mother Teresa

Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but live for it. - Charles Caleb Colton

I still have my Christmas Tree. I looked at it today. Sure enough, I couldn't see any forests. - Steven Wright

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a family all wrapped up in each other. - Bill Vaughan

It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it. - Maurice Switzer

The task of organized religion is not to prove that God was in the 1st century, but that he is in the 20th. - S.H. Miller

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. - Garrison Keillor

Some movie stars wear their sunglasses even in Church. They're afraid God might recognize them and ask for autographs. - Fred Allen

I went to a Catholic boys' school for a year, but that was to play hockey. Religion class was quite contentious for me. - Keanu Reeves

Secrets, silent, stony sit in the dark palaces of both our hearts: secrets weary of their tyranny: tyrants willing to be dethroned. - James Joyce

I am quite sure now that often in matters concerning religion and politics, a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkeys. - Mark Twain

People are so shocked when they find... out I am Protestant. I am Presbyterian. And I go to church, and I love God, and I love my church. - Donald Trump

I ain't got no respect for no religion where the head guy claims he can't make no mistakes. Like he's, waddya call, inflammable. - Archie Bunker

To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction. - Joseph Addison


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22-Oct-2019