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


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

Christopher Morley


«A good book ought to have something simple about it. And, like Eve, it ought to come from somewhere near the third rib: there ought to be a heart beating in it. A story that's all forehead doesn't amount to much.»

Christopher Morley


«THIS SHOP IS HAUNTED by the ghosts»

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


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

Christopher Morley


«Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, everyday, 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 continually be part of unanimity.»

Christopher Morley


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

Christopher Morley


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

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


«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.»

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


«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


«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


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

Christopher Morley