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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My true religion is Kindness. - Dalai Lama

Liberty is the right to silence. - Unknown

When money speaks, truth keeps silent. - Russian Proverb

Speech is the small change of silence. - George Meredith

Of those who say nothing, few are silent. - Thomas Neill

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds. - Edmund Burke

Silence is the true friend that never betrays. - Confucius

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

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

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

The New Year begins in a snow-storm of white vows. - George William Curtis

Silence often gives impressions that words can not. - Unknown

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

Love is the silent saying and saying of a single name. - Mignon McLaughlin

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

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

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. - George Carlin

Tenderness is greater proof of love than the most passionate of vows. - Marlene Dietrich

As we must account for every idle word, so we must for every idle silence. - Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

To be religious is to have a life that flows with the presence of the extraordinary. - Ann Belford Ulanov

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

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

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

He made us all one true religion, Edith, which he named after his son, Christian - or Christ, for short. - Archie Bunker

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

The greatest ideas, the most profound thoughts, and the most beautiful poetry are born from the womb of silence. - William A. Ward

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

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

You must mind and not lower the Church in people's eyes by seeming to be frightened about it for such a little thing. - George Eliot

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

Question everything. Your love, your religion, your passion. If you don't have questions, you'll never find answers. - Colleen Hoover

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

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. - Harvey Fierstein

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines. - Bertrand Russell

The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others. - Solomon Ibn Gabriol

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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21-Aug-2019