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Quotations About / On: CHRISTMAS

  • 1.
    There are no strangers on Christmas Eve.
    (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.)
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  • 2.
    A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
    (Garrison Keillor (b. 1942), U.S. author. "Exiles," Leaving Home (1987).)
  • 3.
    From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.
    (Katharine Whitehorn (b. 1926), British journalist. "The Office Party," Roundabout (1962).)
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  • 4.
    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.)
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  • 5.
    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 (1879-1949), Anglo-Irish essayist, journalist. "On Christmas," The Book of This and That (1915).)
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  • 6.
    Nothing reminds me more of the joys of Christmas than a smile from a young child looking at the presents under the tree anticipating the treasures within.
    (Holiday spirit)
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  • 7.
    We should declare war on North Vietnam.... We could pave the whole country and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas.
    (Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. quoted in Reagan's Reign of Error, "Vietnam, a Noble Cause," eds. Mark Green and Gail MacColl (1987). Fresno Bee (Oct. 10, 1965).)
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  • 8.
    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).)
  • 9.
    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. "The Company of Wolves," published in Bananas, ed. Emma Tenant (1977).)
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  • 10.
    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.)
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