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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Christopher Morley on love, friendship, books, reading, success, fashion, novelists, ideas, mankind and poetry.

57 Notable Quotes By Christopher Morley, The Distinguished American Poet

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Journalist, Novelist

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Haverford

Founder / Co Founder
Saturday Review of Literature

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Christopher Morley was a U.S. journalist, poet, editor, novelist and essayist, who rose to prominence in the first half of the 20th century and is regarded as one of the most prominent authors of his era. Morley graduated from Haverford College in 1910 and then studied modern history at New College at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. After completing his education, he returned to the United States and started working for the publishers Doubleday, before becoming the editor of Ladies’ Home Journal in 1917. Later, he became the editor of the Saturday Review of Literature. Later on, he was employed by the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger as a columnist. His career as a novelist started off in 1917 with the book ‘Parnassus on Wheels’ and he published many books after that. Some of the noted novels written by Morley include ‘The Haunted Bookshop’, ‘Thunder of the Left’, ‘Off the Deep End’, ‘Seacoast of Bohemia’, ‘Swiss Family Manhattan’ and ‘Pipefuls’ among others. His novel ‘Kitty Foyle’ published in 1939 is undoubtedly his most famous work and was also turned into an acclaimed motion picture. Our collection of Morley’s quotes have been taken from his famous poems, works, and writings and. Read on the quotes and sayings by the renowned poet Christopher Morley.

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

- Pipefuls, Christopher Morley

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

- Christopher Morley

No man is lonely while eating spaghetti: it requires so much attention.

- Christopher Morley

There is only one success-to be able to spend life in your own way.

- Christopher Morley

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

- Christopher Morley

That's what this country needs -- more books!

- Christopher Morley

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

- Christopher Morley

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

- Christopher Morley

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

- Christopher Morley

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

- Christopher Morley

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

- Christopher Morley

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

- The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it

- Christopher Morley

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

- Parnassus on Wheels, Christopher Morley

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

- Christopher Morley

No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.

- Christopher Morley

Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.

- 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

It's a good thing to turn your mind upside down now and then, like an hour-glass, to let the particles run the other way.

- 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.

- The Haunted Bookshop, 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

We’ve had bad luck with our kids – they’ve all grown up.

- Christopher Morley

There are three ingredients to the good life; learning, earning, and yearning.

- Christopher Morley

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

- Christopher Morley

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

- Christopher Morley

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

- 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

Summer was over, and we were no longer young, but there were great things before us.

- Parnassus on Wheels, Christopher Morley

The beauty of being a bookseller is that you don't have to be a literary critic: all you have to do to books is enjoy them.

- The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley

The misfortunes hardest to bear are these which never came.

- 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!

- The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley

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

- The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley

Big shots are just little shots that keep shooting.

- Christopher Morley

New York, the nation's thyroid gland.

- Christopher Morley

Calling us men doesn'tmakeus men. No creature on earth has a right to think himself a human being if he doesn't know at least one good book.

- Parnassus On Wheels, Christopher Morley

...but if you're smart you don't hold up your hand in class and ask to be called on.

- Kitty Foyle, Christopher Morley

That's when a woman finds herself--when she's in love. I don't care if she is old or fat or homely or prosy. She feels that little flutter under her ribs and she drops from the tree like a ripe plum.

- Parnassus on Wheels, Christopher Morley

It's one of the uncanniest things I know to watch a real book on its career―it follows you and follows you and drives you into a corner and makes you read it.

- The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley

My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated, but not signed.

- Christopher Morley

Oh, silly woman! Leave your stove, your pots and pans and chores, even if only for one day! Come out and see the sun in the sky and the river in the distance!

- Parnassus On Wheels, Christopher Morley

Overhead the night was a superb arch of clear frost, sifted with stars.

- The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley

It's in books that most of us learn how splendidly worth-while life is.

- The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley

Malnutrition of the reading faculty is a serious thing. Let us prescribe for you.

- The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley

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

- Christopher Morley

It's funny how we hate to face realities. I knew a commuter once who rode in town every day on the 8.13. But he used to call it the 7.73. He said it made him feel more virtuous.

- The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley

There is no one so grateful as the man to whom you have given just the book his soul needed and he never knew it.

- The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley

There is only one success — to be able to spend your life in your own way.

- Where the Blue Begins, Christopher Morley

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.

- Christopher Morley

There are only about 30,000 really important books in the world. I suppose about 5,000 of them were written in the English language, and 5,000 more have been translated. - Roger Mifflin

- The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley

The fact that Holmes had earlier lodgings in Montague Street (alongside the British Museum) is forgotten. That was before Watson and we must have Watson too.

- The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Christopher Morley

Laughter and prayer are the two noblest habits of man; they mark us off from the brutes.

- The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley

You sell a man a book, you don’t sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life.

- Christopher Morley

There is no one so grateful as the man to whom you have given just the book his soul needed and he never knew it. - Roger Mifflin

- Christopher Morley

La notte ha una mistica affinit con la letteratura.

- The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley

This book Is intended to be read in bed. Please do not attempt to read it anywhere else.

- Mince Pie, Christopher Morley

There is only one success: To be able to spend your life in your own way.

- Christopher Morley

People need books, but they don't know they need them. Generally they are not aware that the books they need are in existence. - Roger Mifflin

- Christopher Morley