A J P Taylor was one of those rare breed of historians who could shed light on the present – a great mind.
These are a series of quotes from a variety of people concerning Santa Claus. I thought they were amusing:
I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark. Dick Gregory
For a time, I believed not in God nor Santa Claus, but in mermaids. They seemed as logical and possible to me as the brittle twig of a seahorse in the zoo aquarium or the skates lugged up on the lines of cursing Sunday fishermen – skates the shape of old pillowslips with the full, coy lips of women.
For me growing up, Christmas time was always the most fantastic, exciting time of year, and you’d stay up until three in the morning. You’d hear the parents wrapping in the other room but you knew that also, maybe, they were in collusion with Santa Claus.
What is the real purpose behind the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus? They seem like greater steps toward faith and imagination, each with a payoff. Like cognitive training exercises.
I was probably nine or ten the first time I heard there was no Santa Claus.
We have domesticated God’s transcendence. We often learn about God at about the same time as we are learning about Santa Claus; but our ideas about Santa Claus change, mature and become more nuanced, whereas our ideas of God can remain at a rather infantile level.
I believed in Santa Claus until I was 12!
Danielle de Niese
Everyone thinks of God as a man – you can’t help it – Santa Claus was a man, therefore God has to be a man. Patti Smith
Our family was too strange and weird for even Santa Claus to come visit… Santa, who was jolly – but, let’s face it, he was also very judgmental.
I’m concerned about my daughter because she will not believe in Santa Claus. No matter what I say to her, she just doesn’t buy it, and she’s 2. I refuse to give it up. I say, ‘There is a Santa Claus,’ and she says, ‘Okay, Mommy. In pretend world, right?’ She really doesn’t believe. Salma Hayek
Santa Claus has the right idea – visit people only once a year.
The idea of God as a fatherly figure who looks down on us and worries about how we’re doing or takes sides when we have fights – it’s more irritating than Santa Claus. The world and the universe are far more wonderful if there’s not a puppet master.
Quote 1 – Roy Harper – In some ways, I lament the introduction of civilisation on such a huge scale, because it has given us a lot of room to abuse each other, which we continue to do.
Quote 2 – Captain Beefheart – We’re all colored, or you wouldn’t be able to see anyone.
Quote 3 – Frank Zappa – There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.
Well that will do for starters. Three of my favourite people.
Bertie was a philosopher who spoke it like it was. What he said always made sense.
Unfortunately Ian, who was suffering from cancer, didn’t get that next birthday. It sends a message to me that we should enjoy every minute that we have! Life is wonderful!
I rate Neil Young up there near to Dylan. But he’s a complex man. I don’t go along with everything the man comes out with. Here’s a few quotes that make sense to me.
In the USA:
Emmeline believed in equality and wanted the vote for women. She believed in justice so strongly that she was prepared for civil disobedience and even damage to property to force people to take notice. She was prepared to suffer and go to prison for her beliefs. She was a woman of great courage.
I was surprised when looking around Graceland to have a glimpse of a man with more intelligence than I had assumed. I think Elvis’s problem was that he was directed by Tom Parker into unsatisfying, but profitable, enterprises. He did not know who to trust and so surrounded himself with a bunch of people who knew him from before he was famous – on the premise that they liked him and not his money. Unfortunately they tended to be not the brightest or most interesting of characters. I think he could have d4eveloped a lot more than he did. He was stuck in an isolated rut.
George was extremely intelligent, far-seeing and perceptive. His words still ring true.