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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Dancing is silent poetry. - Simonides

Tea is a religion of the art of life. - Okakura Kakuzo

Speech is the small change of silence. - George Meredith

Poetry is what gets lost in translation. - Robert Frost

When the owl sings, the night is silent. - Charles de Leusse

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

A turkey never voted for an early Christmas. - Unknown

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

Silence is argument carried out by other means. - Ernesto Che Guevara

A story is told as much by silence as by speech. - Susan Griffin

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

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

Women like silent men, they think they're listening. - George Carlin

The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem. - Aaron Kilbourn

Silence can be defined as conversation with an Englishman. - Heinrich Heine

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

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

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

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. - Rita Rudner

There is a world of practical religion in simply being considerate of others. - Roger Babson

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

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

He has occasional flashes of silence that make his conversation perfectly delightful. - Sydney Smith

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

I don't see anywhere in the Bible where it says you shouldn't get breast implants. - Carrie Prejean

Let's just say, I'm Irish. I grew up in the 1950s. Religion had a very tight iron fist. - Liam Neeson

He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic. - Kingsley Amis

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

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

I gave my young nephew a book for Christmas. He's spent six months looking for where to put the batteries. - Milton Berle

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. - Brooks Atkinson

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

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

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

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

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


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25-Feb-2018