May 20, 2011

10 Inspirational Quotes by Christopher Morley

Christopher Morley (May 5, 1890 – March 28, 1957) was an American journalist, novelist, essayist and poet. He also produced stage productions for a few years, and gave college lectures. Author of more than 100 books of essays, poetry, and novels, Morley is probably best known for his 1939 novel Kitty Foyle which was made into an Academy Award-winning movie. Another well-known work is Thunder on the Left (1925). From 1928 to 1930 Morley co-produced theater productions (dramas) on New Jersey stages.

He was one of the founders and long-time contributing editor of the Saturday Review of Literature. A highly gregarious man, he was the mainstay of what he dubbed the "Three Hours for Lunch Club". Out of enthusiasm for the Sherlock Holmes stories, he helped to found the Baker Street Irregulars and wrote the introduction to the standard omnibus edition of The Complete Sherlock Holmes. In 1936 he was appointed to revise and enlarge Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (11th edition in 1937, and 12th edition in 1948). He was one of the first judges for the Book of the Month Club, serving in that position until the early 1950s. [source: wikipedia]

10 Inspirational Quotes by Christopher Morley
  1. Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, 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.

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

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

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

  5. The enemies of the future are always the very nicest people.

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

  7. There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning.

  8. No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog (and cat) does.

  9. There is only one rule for being a good talker - learn to listen.

  10. We call a child's mind 'small' simply by habit; perhaps it is larger than ours is, for it can take in almost anything without effort.

I had a million questions to ask God: but when I met Him, they all fled my mind; and it didn't seem to matter.

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.

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