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Christopher Morley (5 May 1890 - 28 March 1957) was an American journalist, novelist, poet, and playwright.


== Quotes ==
 
 
"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!"
Parnassus on Wheels (1917)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.
The Haunted Bookshop (1919)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.
The Haunted Bookshop (1919)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.
Travels in Philadelphia (1920)Philadelphia was the first city to foresee the advantages of a Federal constitution and oatmeal as a breakfast food.
Travels in Philadelphia (1920)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.
On Visiting Bookshops, Pipefuls (1921)My theology, briefly,  Is that the Universe  Was Dictated  But not Signed.
"Safe and Sane" in Hide and Seek (1920), p. 92Happiness is surely the best teacher of good manners: only the unhappy are churlish in deportment.
Where the Blue Begins (1922)There is only one success … to be able to spend your life in your own way.
Where the Blue Begins (1922)Why do they put the Gideon Bibles only in the bedrooms, where it's usually too late, and not in the barroom downstairs?
"Contribution to a Contribution" as quoted in The Twin Bedside Anthology (1946) by Charles Lee, p. 183April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.
John Mistletoe (1931)


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