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Christopher Morley Quotes

Journalist, Novelist
Born On
1890-05-05
Died On
1957-03-28
Birth Place
Haverford
Death Place
New York
Birth Sign
taurus
Father
Frank Morley
Mother
Lilian Janet Bird
Spouse
Helen Booth Fairchild
Nationality
American
Education
Haverford College, New College, Oxford, University of Oxford

A wise man once said, “When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue — you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night — there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean. Jiminy! If I were the baker or the butcher or the broom huckster, people would run to the gate when I came by — just waiting for my stuff. And here I go loaded with everlasting salvation — yes, ma’am, salvation for their little, stunted minds — and it’s hard to make ’em see it. That’s what makes it worthwhile — I’m doing something that nobody else from Nazareth, Maine, to Walla Walla, Washington, has ever thought of. It’s a new field, but by the bones of Whitman, it’s worthwhile. That’s what this country needs — more books!” The ingenious soul was none other than American writer Christopher Morley. The above is an excerpt from his first novel ‘Parnassus on Wheels’. Here’s another instance of Morley’s sense of humor. Apparently Morley and his friend, author William Rose Benet were window shopping and they happened to cross a wig shop. A pair of identical wigs grabbed the attention of the two men and Morley remarked that “They’re alike as toupees in a pod.”

God made man merely to hear some praise of what he'd done on those Five Days.

Christopher Morley

From now until the end of time no one else will ever see life with my eyes, and I mean to make the best of my chance.

Christopher Morley

It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace.

Christopher Morley

All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful: but the beauty is grim.

Christopher Morley

A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life.

Christopher Morley

All students can learn.

Christopher Morley

Dancing is a wonderful training for girls, it's the first way you learn to guess what a man is going to do before he does it.

Christopher Morley

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.

Christopher Morley

Lots of times you have to pretend to join a parade in which you're not really interested in order to get where you're going.

Christopher Morley

High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the forehead.

Christopher Morley

If you have to keep reminding yourself of a thing, perhaps it isn't so.

Christopher Morley

We've had bad luck with our kids - they've all grown up.

Christopher Morley

The enemies of the future are always the very nicest people.

Christopher Morley

In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.

Christopher Morley

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it.

Christopher Morley

I had a million questions to ask God: but when I met Him, they all fled my mind; and it didn't seem to matter.

Christopher Morley