Christopher Morley Love Quotes and Sayings
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Christopher Morley (5 May 1890–28 March 1957) was an American journalist, novelist, essayist and poet.
1. Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.
2. Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.
3. There is only one rule for being a good talker – learn to listen.
4. There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.
#5 Kitty Foyle
5. 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.
#6-7 Parnassus on Wheels, 1917
6. 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
7. There are three ingredients to the good life: learning, earning, and yearning. A man should be learning as he goes; and he should be earning bread for himself and others; and he should be yearning, too: yearning to know the unknowable.
8. No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.
9. Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.
#10 Christopher Morley’s Philadelphia
10. …we call a child’s mind “small” simply by habit; perhaps it is larger than ours, for it can take in almost anything without effort…
#11 The Haunted Bookshop, 1919
11. 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.
#12 On Visiting Bookshops, Pipefuls, 1921
12. 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.
#13-14 Where the Blue Begins
13. Happiness is surely the best teacher of good manners: only the unhappy are churlish in deportment.
14. There is only one success, he said to himself—to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it.
#15 Inward Ho!, 1923
15. 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.
Quotes Misattributed to Christopher Morley
#1 James Russell Lowell, Democracy and Other Addresses, 1886
1. Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.