An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The purpose and cause of the incarnation was that He might illuminate the world by His wisdom and excite it to the love of Himself.


Peter Abelard (1079-1142, French philosopher, priest)


A woman spent all Christmas Day in a telephone box without ringing anyone. If someone comes to phone, she leaves the box, then resumes her place afterwards. No one calls her either, but from a window in the street, someone watched her all day, no doubt since they had nothing better to do. The Christmas syndrome.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


Midnight, and the clock strikes. It is Christmas Day, the werewolves birthday, the door of the solstice still wide enough open to let them all slink through.


Angela Carter (1940-1992, British author)


Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.


Mary Ellen Chase


Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.


Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, American President (30th))


I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


Anything that inspires unselfishness makes for our ennoblement. Christmas does that. I am all for Christmas.


B.C. Forbes


I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year.


David Grayson (1870-1946, American journalist and writer)


Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.


Washington Irving (1783-1859, American author)


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


Garrison Keillor (1942-, American humorous writer, radio performer)


Call a truce, then, to our labors -- let us feast with friends and neighbors, and be merry as the custom of our caste.  For if "faint and forced the laughter," and if sadness follow after, we are richer by one mocking Christmas past.


Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936, British author of Prose, Verse)


There are some people who want to throw their arms round you simply because it is Christmas; there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas.


Robert Lynd (1892-1970, American sociology author)


Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


This is the month, and this the happy morn, wherein the Son of heaven's eternal King, of wedded Maid and Virgin Mother born, our great redemption from above did bring.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Christmas is a holiday that we celebrate not as individuals nor as a nation, but as a human family.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.


Dale Evans Rogers


Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries.


George W. Truett


God walked down the stairs of heaven with a Baby in His arms.


Paul Scherer


'Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale; 'twas Christmas told the merriest tale; a Christmas gambol oft could cheer the poor man's heart through half the year.


Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832, British novelist, poet)


He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.


Roy L. Smith (American clergyman)


Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man.


Author Unknown


The message of Christmas is that the visible material world is bound to the invisible spiritual world.


Author Unknown


The spirit of Christmas is always near; it shines like a beacon throughout the year. Don't look in a store or high on a shelf, for sharing and giving are found in yourself.


Author Unknown


So stick up ivy and the bays, and then restore the heathen ways, green will remind you of the Spring, though this great day denies the thing, and mortifies the earth, and all, but your wild revels, and loose hall.


Henry Vaughan (1622-1695, Welsh poet)


From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.


Katharine Whitehorn (1926-, British journalist)


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