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

Dancing is silent poetry. - Simonides

Liberty is the right to silence. - Unknown

Religion is the opiate of the masses. - Karl Marx

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

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

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

Silence is the true friend that never betrays. - Confucius

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

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

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

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

You have the right to remain silent, but I don't recommend it. - Protest sign

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

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

There's no better book with which to defend the Bible than the Bible itself. - Dwight L. Moody

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

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

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

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

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

No matter how carefully you stored the lights last year, they will be snarled again this Christmas. - Robert Kirby

The Christmas season has come to mean the period when the public plays Santa Claus to the merchants. - John Andrew Holmes

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

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose. - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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

The Muslim world is threatened by religious fanaticism. The Western world is threatened by secular fanaticism. - Dennis Prager

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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20-Oct-2019