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As the great bard Billy Squier once sang, “Christmas is a time say I love you.” And, whether you celebrate the holiday or are just enjoying 24 hours during which basically everything in America is closed, here’s hoping you have a wonderful day.
In case you need a little last-minute inspiration, here are 21 of the best Christmas quotes — some heartwarming, some humorous, some profound — to get you in the spirit.
1. “Out upon merry Christmas! What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer…? If I could work my will,” said Scrooge indignantly, “every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ upon his lips should be boiled with his won pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!”
– Charles Dickens, A Christmas Story
2. “Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas. You know, the birth of Santa?”
– Matt Groening
3. “It was the beginning of the greatest Christmas ever. Little food. No presents. But there was a snowman in their basement.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
4. “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
5. “‘Elf’ has become this big holiday movie, and I remember running around the streets of New York in tights saying, ‘This could be the last movie I ever make.’ I could never have predicted that it’d become such a popular film.”
– Will Ferrell
6. “I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.”
– Fred Rogers
7. “I bought my brother some gift wrap for Christmas. I took it to the gift wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.”
– Steven Wright
8. “One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
– Professor Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
9. “Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.”
― G.K. Chesterton
10. “Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”
– Dave Barry
11. “Its easier to feel a little more spiritual with a couple of bucks in your pocket.”
― Craig Ferguson
12. “This whole Santa Claus thing just doesn’t make sense. Why all the secrecy? Why all the mystery? If the guy exists why doesn’t he ever show himself and prove it? And if he doesn’t exist what’s the meaning of all this? … [A]ctually, I’ve got the same questions about God.”
― Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes)
13. “Santa Claus has the right idea – visit people only once a year.”
– Victor Borge
14. “Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”
15. “A good conscience is a continual Christmas.”
16. “It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love.”
17. “Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.”
– Kin Hubbard
18. “To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind.”
― Calvin Coolidge, Presidential message, December 25, 1927
19. “For it is in giving that we receive.”
– Francis of Assisi
20. “Sending Christmas cards is a good way to let your friends and family know that you think they’re worth the price of a stamp.”
– Melanie White
21. “Money’s scarce
Times are hard
Here’s your [f——]
― Phyllis Diller
Bonus: “Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho.”
– Die Hard (best Christmas movie of all time)
My dad, who would be mortified if he knew I was doing this, has been my greatest inspiration in business. Thanks to his disdain for any sort of self-aggrandizement, I’m doing this behind his back (sorry, dad).
If I’ve had any success in business, it’s because my dad lived his life according to the doctrine of entrepreneurship and I got to watch from the sidelines. He was living proof that you’re not confined to the hand you’ve been dealt and you can determine your own outcomes in this life.
Over the years, my dad’s shared countless bits of wisdom with me that we endearingly refer to as, “The Marty Lecture Series.” Today, in honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to share some of my personal favorite “Lecture Series” quotes with you.
When You Lose, Don’t Lose The Lesson
My dad never took “no” as no. “No” was always a starting point for negotiation. Where others saw obstacles or setbacks, my dad saw (and still sees) opportunity.
Every time I came home with a perceived failure, he’d reframe it with how it taught me something or made me stronger.
It was infuriating as a 14-year-old who relished in self-pity and just wanted a “normal parent” who would indulge her, but it’s been invaluable as an entrepreneur. It’s impossible to be derailed by failure when you’re forced to find a lesson.
Sometimes You Gotta Be Ok With “Good ‘Nuff”
I was complaining about a mediocre grade on something when my dad spit this quote at me for the first time. Irate, I thought he meant you should settle for less than you deserve or are capable. It took me years before I realized what he meant was “done is better than perfect.”
He was teaching me how to ship.
Patience and Shuffle the Cards
In a world where my contemporaries are obsessed with quick Instagram-worthy wins, my dad always shared this quote from Cervantes. He was never impressed with status, fame, or fancy things. Perhaps it was the Texan in him, but he was never influenced by those who projected the illusion of success.
He was impressed with people who had passion, determination, and (most importantly) the wherewithal to endure the setbacks that come at you as you go down the road less traveled. People who played the long game.
Any day I felt like everything was over, the world was collapsing, and I should quit (aka: every other day in business), he’d remind me today was one of many.
This is a long game. You gotta have patience and shuffle the cards.
Some Days Just Need to Be Over
This one is a crowd favorite, especially in a culture obsessed with self-improvement and maximizing everything. Some days, you gotta accept that you can’t win.
Don’t dwell on it. Accept your losses, go for a run, do something else productive, but don’t waste your time beating yourself up over a crap day.
Some days just need to be over.
You Gotta Fight Em In The Streets
This one is my favorite.
To my dad, there’s nothing more respectable than someone who is “fightin’ em in the streets.” In other words, there is no substitute for doing the work. The tireless work that no one sees, the stuff people won’t thank you for, the things no one will recognize or know you did. All the “not sexy” parts of entrepreneurship.
This mentality also inspired the name of my virtual co-working space, The Arena. The Arena is a metaphor for “fighting in the streets.” It’s where you show up and do your best. Win, lose, or draw, you show up. You fight. You do your best.
My dad always said he’d never judge me for losing. He’d judge me for not having tried.
To my dad and all the other entrepreneurial father’s out there, Happy Father’s Day.
Having spent the past 10 years relentlessly studying psychology, self-improvement, and entrepreneurship, there are many people who have inspired and influenced my thinking.
However, over the past 3 years, I’ve come across two thinkers who stick out. Not just in their thinking, but their overall approach to life and business.
Naturally, both of these entrepreneurs are highly aligned, synergistic, and yet very different.
These two entrepreneurs are Dan Sullivan and Joe Polish. Dan is the founder of Strategic Coach, which is considered by many to be the #1 entrepreneurial coaching program in the world. Joe is the founder of Genius Network, GeniusX, and Genius Recovery. Genius Network is considered the #1 entrepreneurial mastermind group in the world.
“Always make your future bigger than your past.”―Dan Sullivan
“Who, not how.”―Dan Sullivan
“As an entrepreneur, you’ve removed yourself from the restrictions and limitations of other people’s systems. Still, it’s amazing how many of us strive to meet others’ expectations and demands – or set up rigid, impossible ideals for ourselves.”―Dan Sullivan
“Over scheduled entrepreneurs can’t transform.”―Dan Sullivan
“For a company to achieve 10x, it doesn’t need you managing – it needs self-managing.”―Dan Sullivan
“Life gives to the giver and takes from the taker.”―Joe Polish
“Wherever there is anxiety, there is opportunity. Transform bad news into good news, and leverage that with marketing.”―Joe Polish
“Any problem in the world can be solved with the right Genius Network.”―Joe Polish
“Opposite of addiction is connection.”―Joe Polish
“Be willing to destroy anything that isn’t excellent.”―Joe Polish
Love it or hate it, Silicon Valley continues to be the home of innovation and insanity. Elon Musk, Temple Grandin et al. tell us why.