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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Silence is the virtue of fools. - Francis Bacon

Profit: Religious guy who talks to God - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver. - Unknown

I've held silence a remedy for harm. - Aeschylus

Calumnies are answered best with silence. - Ben Jonson

Speech is of time; silence is of eternity. - Thomas Carlyle

Speak only if it improves upon the silence. - Mahatma Gandhi

Now all my teachers are dead except silence. - W S Merwin

The cruelest lies are often told in silence. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds. - Edmund Burke

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

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

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence. - Robert Fripp

Silence often gives impressions that words can not. - Unknown

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence. - Spanish Proverb

I drank the silence of God from a spring in the woods. - Georg Trakl

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Experience teaches us that silence terrifies people the most. - Bob Dylan

Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart. - C S Lewis

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it. - George Bernard Shaw

Religion is the essence of culture, and culture is the dress of religion. - Paul Tillich

He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. - Elbert Hubbard

Mail your packages early, so the Post Office can lose them in time for Christmas. - Johnny Carson

True and solemn meaning of Christmas, which is a time for peace and quiet contemptation. - Archie Bunker

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

Most religious people accept medicine as a gift from God and reap the benefits of both realms. - Caroline Fraser

Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own. - George Bernard Shaw

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

I've always loved yoga because you get to connect to a deep religious truth while stretching your legs. - Katya Zamolodchikova

I choose to love you in silence because in silence I find no rejection, and in silence no one owns you but me. - Unknown

Silence speaks so much louder than screaming tantrums. Never give anyone an excuse to say that you're crazy. - Taylor Swift

The bulletin board on the lawn of a New Jersey Church reads "We reserve the right to accept everybody." - John Kazmark

The world says everything happens randomly, without reason. But the Bible reassures us that God works in all things. - David Jeremiah

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

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. - Ansel Adams

I find that the nicest and best people generally profess no religion at all, but are ready to like the best men of all religions. - Samuel Butler

The Obama representatives like Robert Gibbs attack people viciously, but people like me will not be silent and will answer them back. - Donald Trump

Some keep the Sabbath going to Church
I keep it, staying at Home
With a Bobolink for a Chorister
And an Orchard for a Dome - Emily Dickinson

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

Life is too ironic to fully understand. It takes sadness to know what happiness is; noise to appreciate silence; and absence to value presence. - Unknown


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