“Are you willing to.. bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts… Then you are ready to keep Christmas!”

Art of Quotation

“Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children;

to remember the weaknesses and lonliness 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 thougts 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, writer


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