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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expressive silence - James Thomson

My true religion is Kindness. - Dalai Lama

Writing is a struggle against silence. - Carlos Fuentes

I like my men like I like my coffee. Silent. - Anna Kendrick

Silence is the true friend that never betrays. - Confucius

Silence is one of the hardest things to refute. - Josh Billings

Don't talk unless you can improve the silence. - Jorge Luis Borges

The atheist religion don't believe in the bible. - Archie Bunker

Now a soft kiss; Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss. - John Keats

Don't they get afraid, then?
They have a religion for that. - Ray Bradbury

In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence. - Robert Lynd

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

The silence of a man who loves to praise is a censure sufficiently severe. - Charlotte Lennox

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

If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent? - George Carlin

My favourite characters in the Bible are King David, Delilah and Charlton Heston. - Milton Berle

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

I'm a Catholic deer hunter. I am happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion. - Paul Ryan

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

Our marriage vows: till death do us part, for better for worse, in secrets and in health. - Archie Bunker

I definitely want my son Brooklyn christened, but I don't know into what religion yet. - David Beckham

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

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. - Blaise Pascal

Religion is like a map. The route isn't important. It's the destination that matters. - Marianne Williamson

I am the indoctrinated child of two lapsed Irish Catholics. Which is to say: I am not religious. - Meghan O'Rourke

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Groucho Marx

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

Your daily life is your temple and your religion. Whenever you enter into it take with you your all. - Kahlil Gibran

A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence; which costs us nothing. - John Tillotson

The Christian's Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same, but the medical practice changes. - Mark Twain

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

Recognize that giveaway items serve as silent ambassadors, reinforcing your Expert Identity - choose them carefully! - Susan Friedmann

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenements halls and whispered in the sounds of silence. - Paul Simon

The Bible's full of wine. God ain't got nothing against a little drink to celebrate His Son's birthday with. - Archie Bunker

Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car. - Garrison Keillor

Did you read about Starbucks? No more "Merry Christmas" at Starbucks. No more. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. - Donald Trump

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

Every sort of energy and endurance, of courage and capacity for handling life's evils, is set free in those who have religious faith. - William James

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

A wise man knows when to stay silent. However, a wiser man of faith knows that sometimes words can win the battle when all odds stand against you. - Shannon L. Alder


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16-Aug-2018