A Quote by Paul R. Halmos on christmas and students

... the student skit at Christmas contained a plaintive line: "Give us Master's exams that our faculty can pass, or give us a faculty that can pass our Master's exams."

Paul R. Halmos

Source: I Want to be a Mathematician, Washington: MAA Spectrum, 1985.

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A Quote by Paul Gallico on beauty, christmas, cities, custom, future, generations, innocence, losing, and television

It is the custom to sneer at the modern apartment-house, television, big-city Christmas, with its commercial taint . . . office parties, artificial . . . Christmas trees . . . but future generations in search of their lost Christmases may well remember its innocence; yes, and its beauty, too.

Paul Gallico (1897 - 1976)

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A Quote by Marjorie Holmes on christmas, day, home, reason, and time

There must be some deep psychological reason why we turn so instinctively toward home at this special time. . . . A place where every day will be Christmas, with everybody there together. At home.

Marjorie Holmes

Source: "Christmas at Home"

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A Quote by Lucille Clifton on anger, babies, christmas, church, empowerment, encouragement, god, love, motherhood, scandal, time, and trying

I remember standing there on stage in my new Christmas dress, trying not to cry as the church members smiled, nodded and murmured encouragement from the front row. "Go 'head, baby." "Say it now, Luc." "Come on now, baby" But I couldn't remember, and to hide my deep humiliation, my embarassment, I became sullen, angry. "I don' wanna." And I stood there with my mouth poked out. It was a scandal! This fresh young nobody baby standing in front of the Lord in His own house talking about what she don't want! I could feel the disapproval pouring over my new dress. Then, like a great tidal wave from the ocean of God, my sanctified mother poured down the Baptist aisle, huge as love, her hand outstretched toward mine. "Come on, baby," she smiled, then turned to address the church: "She don't have to do nothing she don't want to do." And I was at the same time empowered and made free. . . .

Lucille Clifton (1936 -)

Source: On Strength Gotten from Others

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A Quote by Alfred, Lord TENNYSON on birth, change, christ, christmas, darkness, death, disease, failure, gold, good, goodwill, grief, happiness, heart, joy, laws, life, love, lust, mankind, manners, mind, pain, peace, pride, slander, sorrow, spirit, time

Christmas and New Year Bells The time draws near the birth of Christ: The moon is hid; the night is still; The Christmas bells from hill to hill Answer each other in the mist. Four voices of four hamlets round, From far and near, on mead and moor, Swell out and fail, as if a door Were shut between me and the sound: Each voice four changes on the wind, That now dilate, and now decrease, Peace and goodwill, goodwill and peace, Peace and goodwill, to all mankind. This year I slept and woke with pain I almost wish'd no more to wake, And that my hold on life would break Before I heard those bells again: But they the troubled spirit rule, For they controll'd me when a boy; They bring me sorrow touch'd with joy, The merry, merry bells of Yule. Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light: The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die. Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. Ring out the grief that saps the mind, For those that here we see no more; Ring out the feud of rich and poor, Ring in redress to all mankind. Ring out a slowly dying cause, And ancient forms of party strife; Ring in the nobler modes of life, With sweeter manners, purer laws. Ring out the want, the care, the sin, The faithless coldness of the times; Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes, But ring the fuller minstrel in. Ring out false pride in place and blood, The civic slander and the spite; Ring in the love of truth and right, Ring in the common love of good. Ring out old shapes of foul disease, Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; Ring out the thousand wars of old Ring in the thousand years of peace. Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart, the kindlier hand; Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the Christ that is to be.

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809 - 1892)

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A Quote by Lewis Carroll on children, christmas, happiness, peace, play, wishes, new year, fairies, and good will

Christmas-Greetings [From a Fairy to a Child]

Lady, dear, if Fairies may
  For a moment lay aside
Cunning tricks and elfish play,
  'Tis at happy Christmas-tide.

We have heard the children say -
  Gentle children' whom we love -
Long ago on Christmas Day,
  Came a message from above.

Still, as Christmas-tide comes round,
  They remember it again -
Echo still the joyful sound
  "Peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Yet the hearts must childlike be
  Where such heavenly guests abide;
Unto children, in their glee,
  All the year is Christmas-tide.

Thus, forgetting tricks and play
  For a moment, Lady dear,
We would wish you, if we may,
  Merry Christmas, glad New Year!

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, preface (Christmas 1867)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on christmas and thought

I have often thought, it happens very well that Christmas should fall out in the Middle of Winter.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by John Lennon on christmas

And so this is Christmas for black and for white, for yellow and red, let's stop all the fight.

John Lennon (1940 - 1980)

Source: Beatles lyric.

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A Quote by James Irwin on appreciation, change, christmas, creation, earth, god, imagination, life, and love

The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man, has to make a man appreciate the creation of God and the love of God.

James Irwin

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on christmas, disaster, fear, force, joy, military, peace, persuasion, seasons, time, and world

The peace and joy of the Christmas season was marred by a proclamation of a general strike of all the military forces of the world. Panic reigns in the hearts of all the patriots of every persuasion. Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all-time low over the world.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Source: United Nations, New York, December 25.

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