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Inspiring Christmas quotes

christmas begins with christ1. How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts! || Benjamin Franklin

2. A new star, the Christ child, God’s gift to mankind; these are what Christmas is made of || Richelle E. Goodrich

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

4. Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time || Laura Ingalls Wilder

5. Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas || Ronald Reagan

6. My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that? || Bob Hope

7. Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind || Mary Ellen Chase

8. Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone || Charles M. Schulz

9. I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
|| Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

10. In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall || Dave Barry

11. Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful || Norman Vincent Peale

12. Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you || Steve Maraboli

13. He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree || Roy L. Smith

14. And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans–and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused–and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself || Sigrid Undset

15. One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly || Andy Rooney

16. A man wrapped up in himself always suffocates. But his loved ones will forever hold in their hearts the memory of that Christmas || Bauvard

17. When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness || Bob Hope

18. A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together || Garrison Keillor

19. My parents always said that knowledge was the best gift they could give me, probably because they were too cheap to buy me Christmas or Birthday presents || Jarod Kintz

20. Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love || Hamilton Wright Mabie

21. What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace || Agnes M. Pahro

22. Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts || Janice Maeditere

23. Christmas is an indictment before it becomes a delight. It will not have its intended effect until we feel desperately the need for a Savior || John Piper

24. Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas || Calvin Coolidge

25. Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves || Eric Sevareid

26. Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart…filled it, too, with melody that would last forever || Bess Streeter Aldrich

27. Yet as I read the birth stories about Jesus I cannot help but conclude that though the world may be tilted toward the rich and powerful, God is tilted toward the underdog || Philip Yancey

28. Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weaknesses and loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thoughts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open? Are you willing to do these things for a day? Then you are ready to keep Christmas! || Henry van Dyke

29. Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day || Helen Steiner Rice

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

31. Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home || Charles Dickens

32. Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given–when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes || Joan Winmill Brown

33. I didn’t feel like buying him the jacket he asked for for Christmas, so I just got him a coat hanger with a sticky note attached that read, “Here’s something for you to hang your dreams on, pal || Jarod Kintz

34. As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is || Eric Sevareid

35. The universe is a trillion, trillion threads moving in seemingly unrelated directions. Yet when you look at them together, they create a remarkable tapestry || Richard Paul Evans

36. Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home || G.K. Chesterton

37. No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear || Greg Kincaid

38. At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe || Chris Van Allsburg

39. And in despair I bowed my head;
There is no peace on earth, I said;
For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
God is not dead, nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
the Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!
|| Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

40. Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends || Margaret Thatcher

41. I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world || Norman Vincent Peale

42. Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall || Larry Wilde

christmas may your days be merry43. Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree || Charlotte Carpenter

44. 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. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world || Calvin Coolidge

45. Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’ || Bing Crosby

46. The knowing is easy. It’s the doing that gives us trouble || Vannetta Chapman

47. Everyone wants to feel loved, but when all you feel is alone it’s tough to accomplish anything else || Glenn Beck

48. God is here. This truth should fill our lives, and every Christmas should be for us a new and special meeting with God, when we allow his light and grace to enter deep into our soul || St. Josemaría Escrivá

49. The human life cycle no less than evolves around the box; from the open-topped box called a bassinet, to the pine box we call a coffin, the box is our past and, just as assuredly, our future. It should not surprise us then that the lowly box plays such a significant role in the first Christmas story. For Christmas began in a humble, hay-filled box of splintered wood. The Magi, wise men who had traveled far to see the infant king, laid treasure-filled boxes at the feet of that holy child. And in the end, when He had ransomed our sins with His blood, the Lord of Christmas was laid down in a box of stone. How fitting that each Christmas season brightly wrapped boxes skirt the pine boughs of Christmas trees around the world || Richard Paul Evans

50. If you desire to find the true spirit of Christmas and partake of the sweetness of it, let me make this suggestion to you. During the hurry of the festive occasion of this Christmas season, find time to turn your heart to God. Perhaps in the quiet hours, and in a quiet place, and on your knees—alone or with loved ones—give thanks for the good things that have come to you, and ask that His Spirit might dwell in you as you earnestly strive to serve Him and keep His commandments. He will take you by the hand and His promises will be kept || Howard W. Hunter

51. Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive || Robert Lynd

52. At Christmas
A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;
He is almost what he should be when the Christmas season’s here;
Then he’s thinking more of others than he’s thought the months before,
And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than at any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime.
|| Edgar A. Guest

53. Fail not to call to mind, in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month, that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth was born on that day; and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it; for mirth is also of Heaven’s making || Leigh Hunt

54. I think commercialism helps Christmas and I think that the more capitalism we can inject into the Christmas holiday the more spiritual I feel about it || Craig Ferguson

55. The light of the Christmas star to you.
The warmth of home and hearth to you.
The cheer and goodwill of friends to you.
The hope of a child-like heart to you.
The joy of a thousand angels to you.
The love of the Son and God’s peace to you!
|| Sherryl Woods

56. Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas || Peg Bracken

57. Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart… filled it, too, with a melody that would last forever. Even though you grew up and found you could never quite bring back the magic feeling of this night, the melody would stay in your heart always – a song for all the years || Bess Streeter Aldrich

58. Christmas is a time in which, of all times in the year, the memory of every remediable sorrow, wrong, and trouble in the world around us, should be active with us, not less than our own experiences, for all good || Charles Dickens

59. Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year – and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority || W.J. Cameron

60. Let the children have their night of fun and laughter. Let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play. Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstinted pleasures before we turn again to the stern task and the formidable years that lie before us, resolved that, by our sacrifice and daring, these same children shall not be robbed of their inheritance or denied their right to live in a free and decent world || David McCullough

61. One of the things that Christmas reminds us is that Jesus Christ was once a child || Hark Herald Sarmiento

62. Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today’s Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday || Gladys Taber

63. 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. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays – let them overtake me unexpectedly – waking up some find morning and suddenly saying to myself: ‘Why, this is Christmas Day! || Ray Stannard Baker

64. It comes every year and will go on forever. And along with Christmas belong the keepsakes and the customs. Those humble, everyday things a mother clings to, and ponders, like Mary in the secret spaces of her heart || Marjorie Holmes

65. Christmas works like glue, it keeps us all sticking together || Rosie Thomas

66. I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month || Harlan Miller

67. Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence || Joan Mills

68. It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one’s fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit || Isabel Currier

69. A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
The poor man’s heart through half the year.”
|| Walter Scott

christmas may peace70. Christmas is a time for families || Dorothy Koomson

71. As I wrote ‘The Christmas Lamp’ I realized that tradition is priceless, whether you have a small family, a large family, or no family. Tradition doesn’t have to be logical; it only has to emphasize the light of Christ and his everlasting love || Lori Copeland

72. Without the door let sorrow lie,
And if for cold it hap to die,
We’ll bury ‘t in a Christmas pie,
And evermore be merry.
|| George Wither

73. Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion || Ralph Sockman

74. Let him into the mire and muck of our world. For only if we let him in can he pull us out || Max Lucado

75. The best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature. If some of our great decorated trees had been grown in a remote forest area with lights that came on every evening as it grew dark, the whole world would come to look at them and marvel at the mystery of their great beauty || Andy Rooney

76. Christmas is a time of sharing, and joy and grace. There’s no better time to entertain family and friends than now || Shelley Shepard Gray

77. I don’t want Christmas season to end, because it’s the only time I can legitimately indulge in on particular addiction: glitter || Eloisa James

78. Money is made at Christmas out of holly and mistletoe, but who save the vendors would greatly care if no green branch were procurable? One symbol, indeed, has obscured all others–the minted round of metal. And one may safely say that, of all the ages since a coin first became the symbol of power, ours is that in which it yields to the majority of its possessors the poorest return in heart’s contentment || George R. Gissing

79. Christmas is a whisper of peace and a sigh of hope on the lips of perfect love || Richelle E. Goodrich

80. The Church does not superstitiously observe days, merely as days, but as memorials of important facts. Christmas might be kept as well upon one day of the year as another; but there should be a stated day for commemorating the birth of our Saviour, because there is danger that what may be done on any day, will be neglected || Samuel Johnson

81. Except the Christ be born again tonight
In dreams of all men, saints and sons of shame,
The world will never see his kingdom bright.
|| Vachel Lindsay

82. At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year || Thomas Tusser

83. A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away;
While quite unselfish, it grows small || Eva K. Logue

84. For the rest, silence or good music, not much food, a lot of solitude, walks on the Heath, the time to think while others… well, often fall apart. Not so bad, not so bad at all. Being queer and self-sufficient is the best present at this season || Will Self

85. There are some wonderful aspects to Christmas. It’s magical. And each year, from at least November, well, September, well, if I’m honest, May, I look forward to it hugely || Miranda Hart

86. Before God does anything, before he makes anything for us to be sustained by, God says, “More than food, more than water, more than shelter, more than other people, they are going to need me.” || Wesley Miller

87. The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There’s a kind of glory to them when they’re all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy || Andy Rooney

88. I long to look at my holiday season with eyes that see the Christ in Christmas || Ann Marie Stewart

89. Mankind is a great, an immense family… This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas || Pope John XXIII

90. A magic came out of your smile
Gold thread of gold thread
Stars illuminating the sky
There
Where in the mountain stream
Healing water
Tears of ice as a gift to me”
|| Sir Kristian Goldmund Aumann

91. Christmas Sun! What holy task is thine!
To fold a world in the embrace of God!
|| Guy Wetmore Carryl

Life’s tug-of-war

Life can seem ungrateful and not always kind…
Life can pull at your heartstrings and play with your mind…

Life can be blissful and happy and free…
Life can put beauty in the things that you see…

Life can place challenges right at your feet…
Life can make good of the hardships we meet…

Life can overwhelm you and make your head spin…
Life can reward those determined to win…

Life can be hurtful and not always fair…
Life can surround you with people who care…

Life clearly does offer its up and its downs…
Life’s days can bring you both smiles and frowns…

Life teaches us to take the good with the bad…
Life is a mixture of happy and sad…

So,

Take the life that you have and give it your best…
Think positive!
Be happy!
Let God do the rest…

Take the challenges that life has laid at your feet…
Take pride and be thankful for each one you meet…

To yourself give forgiveness if you stumble and fall…
Take each day that is dealt you and give it your all…

Take the love that you’re given and return it with care…
Have faith that when needed it will always be there…

Take time to find the beauty in the things that you see…
Take life’s simple pleasures and let them set your heart free…

A Special Person

They say it takes a minute to find a special person,
An hour to appreciate them,
A day to love them,
But a lifetime to forget them.Image

Don’t give up loving

Don’t give up loving.
Don’t give up your goodness,
Even if people around you sting.

Right now…

Right now -
-somebody is very proud of you.
-somebody is thinking of you.
-somebody is caring about you.
-somebody misses you.
-somebody wants to talk to you.
-somebody wants to be with you.
-somebody hopes you aren’t in trouble.
-somebody is thankful for the support you have provided.
-somebody wants to hold your hand.
-somebody hopes everything turns out all right.
-somebody wants you to be happy.
-somebody wants you to find him/her.
-somebody is celebrating your successes.
-somebody wants to give you a gift.
-somebody thinks that you are a gift.
-somebody hopes you’re not too cold, or too hot
-somebody wants to hug you.
-somebody loves you.
-somebody admires your strength.
-somebody is thinking of you and smiling.
-somebody wants to be your shoulder to cry on.
-somebody wants to go out with you and have a lot of fun.
-somebody thinks the world of you.
-somebody wants to protect you.
-somebody would do anything for you.
-somebody wants to be forgiven.
-somebody is grateful for your forgiveness.
-somebody wants to laugh with you.
-somebody remembers you and wishes that you were there.
-somebody is praising God for you.
-somebody needs to know that your love is unconditional.
-somebody values your advice.
-somebody wants to tell you how much they care.
-somebody wants to share their dreams with you.
-somebody wants to hold you in their arms.
-somebody wants you to hold them in your arms.
-somebody treasures your spirit.
-somebody wishes they could stop time because of you.
-somebody praises God for your friendship and love.
-somebody can’t wait to see you.
-somebody loves you for who you are.
-somebody loves the way you make them feel.
-somebody wants to be with you.
-somebody wants you to know they are there for you.
-somebody’s glad that you’re his/her friend.
-somebody wants to be your friend.
-somebody stayed up all night thinking about you.
-somebody is alive because of you.
-somebody is wishing that you noticed him/her.
-somebody wants to get to know you better.
-somebody wants to be near you.
-somebody misses your advice/guidance.
-somebody has faith in you.
-somebody trusts you.
-somebody needs you to send them this letter
-somebody needs your support.
-somebody needs you to have faith in them.
-somebody will cry when they read this.
-somebody needs you to let them be your friend.
-somebody hears a song that reminds them of you.

I do not ask to walk…

 

I do not ask to walk smooth paths,
Nor bear an easy load.
I pray for strength and fortitude,
To climb the rock-strewn road.
Give me such courage I can scale
The hardest peaks alone.
And transform every stumbling block,
Into a stepping stone.
|| Gail Brook Burke

Have you failed?

So when you fail, relax.

Fail again. Fail faster.

You’re doing wonders for yourself.

There are no mistakes in life,

only lessons that will allow you

to go farther and farther in your journey

|| Art Berg

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May your troubles

May your troubles be less,

your blessings more and

may nothing but happiness come through your door

|| Irish Blessing

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Sometimes the Lord rides …

Sometimes the Lord rides out the storm with us
and other times He calms the restless sea around us.
Most of all, He calms the storm inside us
in our deepest inner soul || Lloyd John Ogilvie

Most Inspiring Father’s Day Quotes

To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today || Barbara Johnson

The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him || Proverbs 20:7

A father’s words are like a thermostat that sets the temperature in the house || Paul Lewis

He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it || Clarence Budington Kelland

Children seldom misquote you. They more often repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said || Mae Maloo

An effective father devotes himself to become an instrument and model of human experience to his children…accepts and affirms his children for who they are, appreciates them for what they are accomplishing, and covers them with affection because they are his || Gordon MacDonald

One father is more than a hundred Schoolmasters || George Herbert

The footsteps a child follows are most likely to be the ones his parents thought they had covered up || Unknown

He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it || Clarence Budington Kelland

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.  Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.”  “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply.  “We’re raising boys” || Harmon Killebrew

When God measures a man, He puts the tape around the heart instead of the head || Unknown

Kids spell love T-I-M-E || John Crudele

How true Daddy’s words were when he said: ‘All children must look after their own upbringing.’ Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands || Anne Frank

Father! – to God himself we cannot give a holier name || William Wordsworth

Henry James once defined life as that predicament which precedes death, and certainly nobody owes you a debt of honor or gratitude for getting him into that predicament.  But a child does owe his father a debt, if Dad, having gotten him into this peck of trouble, takes off his coat and buckles down to the job of showing his son how best to crash through it || Clarence Budington Kelland

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! || Lydia M. Child

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons || Johann Schiller

A father carries pictures where his money used to be || Unknown

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years || Unknown

Dad, you’re someone to look up to no matter how tall I’ve grown || Unknown

Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes || Gloria Naylor

The greatest gift I ever had came from God; I call him Dad! || Unknown

Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body || Elizabeth Stone

Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever || Unknown

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away || Dinah Craik

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