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Christopher Morley (1890 – 1957)


American journalist, novelist, poet, and playwright.
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Christopher Morley
Philadelphia was the first city to foresee the advantages of a Federal constitution and oatmeal as a breakfast food.
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We visit bookshops not so often to buy any one special book, but rather to rediscover, in the happier and more expressive words of others, our own encumbered soul.
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There is only one success to be able to spend your life in your own way.




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Happiness is surely the best teacher of good manners: only the unhappy are churlish in deportment.
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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.
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My theology, briefly,
Is that the Universe
Was Dictated
But not Signed.
Christopher Morley
April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.
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The most interesting persons are always those who have nothing special to do: children, nurses, policemen and actors at 11 o'clock in the morning.
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Why do they put the Gideon Bibles only in the bedrooms, where it's usually too late, and not in the barroom downstairs?
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"Lord!" he 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 worth while 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 worth while. That's what this country needs more books!"
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.




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