(Adele Comandini, and Edward Sutherland. Michael O'Brien (Charles Winninger), Beyond Tomorrow, after proposing that the partners invite three strangers to dinner (1940).
Original story by Mildred Cram and Adele Comandini.)
I get a little behind during Lent, but it comes out even at Christmas.
(Frank Butler (1890-1967), British screenwriter, and Frank Cavett (1907-1973), U.S. screenwriter. Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), Going My Way (1944).
Explaining how he rations his bottle of brandy over the course of a year.)
Adults who still derive childlike pleasure from hanging gifts of a ready-made education on the Christmas tree of a child waiting outside the door to life do not realize how unreceptive they are making the children to everything that constitutes the true surprise of life.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In In These Great Times: A Karl Kraus Reader, ed. Harry Zohn (1976). "The World of Posters," Simplicissimus (Munich, 1909).)
No sane local official who has hung up an empty stocking over the municipal fireplace, is going to shoot Santa Claus just before a hard Christmas.
(Alfred E. Smith (1873-1944), U.S. Democratic politician, governor of New York. New Outlook (Dec. 1933).
The phrase "Nobody shoots at Santa Claus" was used repeatedly by Smith in campaign speeches in 1936, attacking Franklin D. Roosevelt and the spendthrift policies of the New Deal.)