Christopher Morley Quotes & Wallpapers

Total Quotes: 135

Fifty percent of the world are women, yet they always seem a novelty. Christopher Morley

Happiness is surely the best teacher of good manners: only the unhappy are churlish in deportment. Christopher Morley

The man who never in his life Has washed the dishes with his wife Or polished up the silver plate - He still is largely celibate. Christopher Morley

I had a thousand questions to ask God; but when I met him they all fled and didn't seem to matter. Christopher Morley

It will be a shock to men when they realize that thoughts that were fast enough for today are not fast enough for tomorrow. But thinking tomorrow's thoughts today is one kind of future life. Christopher Morley

Beware of the conversationalist who adds "in other words." He is merely starting afresh. Christopher Morley

Living in a bookshop is like living in a warehouse of explosives. Those shelves are ranked with the most furious combustibles in the world-the brains of men. Christopher Morley

Success: Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. Christopher Morley

No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversations as a dog does. Christopher Morley

Things of the spirit differ from things material in that the more you give the more you have. Christopher Morley

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

There is an innate decorum in man, and it is not fair to thrust Truth upon people when they don't expect it. Only the very generous are ready for Truth impromptu. Christopher Morley

My prayer is that what we have gone through [World War One] will startle the world into some new realization of the sanctity of life, animal as well as human. Christopher Morley

Friendships do not grow up in any carefully tended and contemplated fashion.... They begin haphazard. Christopher Morley

Printer's ink has been running a race against gunpowder these many, many years. Ink is handicapped, in a way, because you can blow up a man with gunpowder in half a second, while it may take twenty years to blow him up with a book. But the gunpowder destroys itself along with its victim, while a book can keep on exploding for centuries. Christopher Morley

Why do they put the Gideon bibles only in the bedrooms, where it's usually too late? Christopher Morley

Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs. 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

There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love. Christopher Morley

When Abraham Lincoln was murdered The thing that interested Matthew Arnold Was that the assassin Shouted in Latin As he leapt on the stage. This convinced Matthew There was still hope for America. Christopher Morley

Truth is the strong compost in which beauty may sometimes germinate. Christopher Morley

I wish there could be an international peace conference of booksellers, for (you will smile at this) my own conviction is that the future happiness of the world depends in no small measure on them and on the librarians. Christopher Morley

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

The misfortunes hardest to bear are these which never came. Christopher Morley

There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning. Christopher Morley

When you sell a man a book, you don't sell him 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Christopher Morley

The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking. Christopher Morley

Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity. Christopher Morley

There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love, and like that colossal adventure it is an experience of great social import. Even as the tranced swain, the booklover yearns to tell others of his bliss. He writes letters about it, adds it to the postscript of all manner of communications, intrudes it into telephone messages, and insists on his friends writing down the title of the find. Like the simple-hearted betrothed, once certain of his conquest Christopher Morley

When Abraham Lincoln was murdered The one thing that interested Matthew Arnold Was that the assassin shouted in Latin As he lept on the stage This convinced Matthew There was still hope for America. Christopher Morley

The greatest poem ever known Is one all poets have outgrown: The poetry, innate, untold, Of being only four years old. Christopher Morley

By the time the youngest children have learned to keep the house tidy, the oldest grandchildren are on hand to tear it to pieces. Christopher Morley

Any man worth his salt has by the time he is forty-five accumulated a crown of thorns, and the problem is to learn to wear it over one ear. Christopher Morley

Between ourselves, there is no such thing, abstractly, as a 'good' book. A book is 'good' only when it meets some human hunger or refutes some human error. Christopher Morley

New York, the nation's thyroid gland. Christopher Morley

The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness. Christopher Morley

No man is lonely while eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention. Christopher Morley

Perhaps this is an age when men think bravely of the human spirit; for surely they have a strange lust to lay it bare. Christopher Morley

One of the penalties of being a human being is other human beings. Christopher Morley

If we all discovered that we only had five minutes left to say all that we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people calling other people to tell them that they loved them. Christopher Morley

There is only one success... to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it. Christopher Morley

Poetry comes with anger, hunger and dismay; it does not often visit groups of citizens sitting down to be literary together, and would appal them if it did. Christopher Morley

Everybody thinks of others as being excessively human, with all the frailties and crotchets appertaining to that curious condition. But each of us also seems to regard himself as existing on a detached plane of observation, exempt (save in moments of avid crisis) from the strange whims of humanity en masse. Christopher Morley

Continually one faces the horrible matter of making decisions. The solution is, as far as possible, to avoid conscious rational decisions and choices; simply to do what you find yourself doing; to float in the great current of life with as little friction as possible; to allow things to settle themselves, as indeed they do with the most infallible certainty. Christopher Morley

Heaven is not built of country seats But little queer suburban streets. Christopher Morley

If you have to keep reminding yourself of something, perhaps it isn't so. Christopher Morley

The everlasting lure of round-the-corner, how fascinating it is. Christopher Morley

Man is unconquerable because he can make even his helplessness so entertaining. His motto seems to be "Even though He slay me, yet will I make fun of Him! Christopher Morley

It is unfair to blame man too fiercely for being pugnacious; he learned the habit from Nature. Christopher Morley

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

Words are a commodity in which there is never any slump. Christopher Morley

There is only one rule for being a good talker - learn to listen. Christopher Morley

No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention. Christopher Morley

There is indeed a heaven on this earth, a heaven which we inhabit when we read a good book. Christopher Morley

Truth is what every man sees lurking at the bottom of his own soul, like the oyster shell housewives put in the kitchen kettle to collect the lime from the water. By and by each man's iridescent oyster shell of Truth becomes coated with the lime of prejudice and hearsay. Christopher Morley

Informal is what women always say they're going to be and never are. Christopher Morley

Mr. Gilbert had the earnest mania for self-improvement which has blighted the lives of so many young men. Christopher Morley

Philadelphia was the first city to foresee the advantages of a Federal constitution and oatmeal as a breakfast food. Christopher Morley

Truth, like milk, arrives in the dark But even so, wise dogs don't bark. Only mongrels make it hard For the milkman to come up the yard. Christopher Morley

One of the most valuable philosophical features of journalism is that it realizes that truth is not a solid but a fluid. Christopher Morley

Man makes a great fuss about this planet which is only a ballbearing in the hub of the universe. Christopher Morley

The world has been printing books for 450 years, and yet gunpowder still has a wider circulation. Never mind! Printer's ink is the greater explosive: it will win. Christopher Morley

The human mind appears suddenly and inexplicably out of some unknown and unimaginable void. It passes half its known life in the mental chaos of sleep. Even when awake it is a victim of its own ill-adjustment, of disease, of age, of external suggestion, of nature's compulsions; it doubts its own sensations and trusts only in instruments and averages. Christopher Morley

We call a child's mind 'small' simply by habit; perhaps it is larger than ours is, for it can take in almost anything without effort. Christopher Morley

Only the sinner has the right to preach. Christopher Morley

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

Act like you expect to get into the end zone. Christopher Morley

The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. Christopher Morley

A doctor is advertised by the bodies he cures. My business is advertised by the minds I stimulate. And let me tell you that the book business is different from other trades. People don't know they want books. I can see just by looking at you that your mind is ill for lack of books but you are blissfully unaware of it! Christopher Morley

Blessed is the satirist; and blessed the ironist; blessed the witty scoffer, and blessed the sentimentalist; for each, having seen one spoke of the wheel, thinks to have seen all, and is content. Christopher Morley

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