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!”


QuotaBills
Silence, healing. - Heraclitus

A yawn is a silent shout. - G K Chesterton

Great souls suffer in silence. - Friedrich Schiller

Your very silence shows you agree. - Euripides

Silence is more eloquent than words. - Thomas Carlyle

Speech is the small change of silence. - George Meredith

The silence is so deep it hurts our ears. - Haruki Murakami

A turkey never voted for an early Christmas. - Unknown

God is silent. Now if only man would shut up. - Woody Allen

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. - Leonardo da Vinci

Sometimes it's better to be silent and smile. - Unknown

Silence often gives impressions that words can not. - Unknown

There would be no Christmas if there was no Easter. - Gordon B. Hinckley

I get really grinchy right up until Christmas morning. - Dan Aykroyd

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me. - Blaise Pascal

By silence, I hear other men's imperfections and conceal my own. - Citium Zeno

To be born in India is to arrive into the world swimming in religion. - Ravi Zacharias

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

A pretty good test of a man's religion is how it affects his pocketbook. - Francis James Grimke

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

Church is the only society on earth that exists for the benefit of non-members. - William Temple

Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly. - Epictetus

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

I built my church on Easter services, Christmas Eve services, and Norman Vincent Peale. - Robert H. Schuller

Silence is the perfectest herald of joy. I were but little happy if I could say how much. - William Shakespeare

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

You can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. - Chaim Potok

Later, he told his nephew that religion required careful thought, not reflexive acceptance. - Thomas Jefferson

Within us is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty, the eternal One. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

There's a thing that keeps surprising you about stormy old friends after they die: their silence. - Ben Hecht

It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent. - Madeleine Albright

Like a great Eastern religion says, it's all about striking a balance between the ping and the pong. - Kelly

Might make a real good Christmas present for the uninformed. The book is called 'Taking America Back.' - Paul Harvey

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

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

It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand. - Mark Twain

The Muslim Prophet Mohammed was a big believer in charity and firmly established helping those in need as a basis of the religion. - Richard Engel

The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be. - Edgar Allan Poe

Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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26-Oct-2020