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Christopher Morley Quotes


An American journalist, novelist, poet, and playwright.
(1890 - 1957)

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A human being: an ingenious assembly of portable plumbing.
 

A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life.
 

A town that has no ceiling price, A town of double-talk; A town so big men name her twice, Like so: 'N'Yawk, N'Yawk.'
 

Act like you expect to get into the end zone.
 

All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful: but the beauty is grim.
 

All students can learn.
 

Any man worth his salt has by the time he is forty-five accumulated a crown of thorns, and the problem is to learn to wear it over one ear.
[Experience]
 

Beauty is ever to the lonely mind a shadow fleeting; she is never plain. She is a visitor who leaves behind the gift of grief, the souvenir of pain.
[Beauty]
 

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.
[Success]
 

Continually one faces the horrible matter of making decisions. The solution ... is, as far as possible, to avoid conscious rational decisions and choices; simply to do what you find yourself doing; to float in the great current of life with as little friction as possible; to allow things to settle themselves, as indeed they do with the most infallible certainty.
[Decisions]
 

Dancing is a wonderful training for girls, it's the first way you learn to guess what a man is going to do before he does it.
 

From now until the end of time no one else will ever see life with my eyes, and I mean to make the best of my chance.
 

God made man merely to hear some praise of what he'd done on those Five Days.
 

Happiness is surely the best teacher of good manners: only the unhappy are churlish in deportment.
 

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.
 

High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the forehead.
 

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.
[Humor]
 

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.
 

If we all 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 tell them that they loved them.
[Life]
 

If you have to keep reminding yourself of a thing, perhaps it isn't so.
 


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