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There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it.  It is like falling in love, and like that colossal adventure it is an experience of great social import.  Even as the tranced swain, the booklover yearns to tell others of his bliss.  He writes letters about it, adds it to the postscript of all manner of communications, intrudes it into telephone messages, and insists on his friends writing down the title of the find.  Like the simple-hearted betrothed, once certain of his conquest, “I want you to love her, too!”  It is a jealous passion also.  He feels a little indignant if he finds that any one else has discovered the book, too.
     ―     Christopher Morley
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On This Day In:
2013 Outside-In
2012 They Are All Perfect
2011 Delegation – The “How-To’s”
2009 Diet Update and Other Bits & Bobs…

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No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.
     —    Christopher Morley
[My dog is always a good listener — as long as I’m scratching her tummy.    —    kmab]
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On This Day In:
2021 The Mirror Would Know
Mamasaydobeddyalong
2020 Why #45 Is Always Crying
Watching #45 Hold A Rally
2019 I Think Reading Books Is A Good Place To Start
2018 And Pay In Full
2017 If Only
2016 Equal Justice
2015 Not Enough
2014 Are You Even Listening?
2013 Namaste
2012 Looking Up
2011 Et Tu Brute?

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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.
     —    Christopher Morley
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On This Day In:
2021 20 / 20 History Lessons
I Waited
2020 The Blind Squirrel And The Suppression Of Uncomfortable Ideas
It’ll Start Getting Cooler. You Just Watch.
2019 Future Tools
Three Swedish Girls
2018 Four Loves
Favorite Westerns
2017 Faith In Science
2016 What The World Calls
2015 Say What?
2014 Start Today
2013 Fly!!
2012 Greater Love
2011 Before

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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
From his book:  “The Haunted Bookshop
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On This Day In:
2021 It Doesn’t Rain Forever
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2020 An Act Of Faith
Born And Sold Fairy Tales
2019 Fostering Debate
2018 The Births Of Spring
2017 Drug Epidemic In America
2016 Word Up, Chuck!
2015 Sometimes I Wonder About Things
2014 Still Racing
2013 Anew
2012 Make Both
2011 Are You Happy Yet?

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ON THE RETURN OF A BOOK LENT TO A FRIEND

I GIVE humble and hearty thanks for the safe return of this book which having endured the perils of my friend’s bookcase, and the bookcases of my friend’s friends, now returns to me in reasonably good condition.
I GIVE humble and hearty thanks that my friend did not see fit to give this book to his infant as a plaything, nor use it as an ash-tray for his burning cigar, nor as a teething-ring for his mastiff.
WHEN I lent this book I deemed it as lost:  I was resigned to the bitterness of the long parting:  I never thought to look upon its pages again.
BUT NOW that my book is come back to me, I rejoice and am exceeding glad!  Bring hither the fatted morocco and let us rebind the volume and set it on the shelf of honour:  for this my book was lent, and is returned again.
PRESENTLY, therefore, I may return some of the books that I myself have borrowed.
    ―    Christopher Morley
From his novel:  “The Haunted Bookshop
[This just tickled me…    —    kmab]
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On This Day In:
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2020 Is #45 In Good Spirits?
Alone With My Tears
2019 Learning To…
Day 15: Die By The Scale
2018 Just Wondering
2017 Until I Think Of Something Better
2016 Who Are You?
2015 Renaissance Reptiles
2014 Book Return
2013 Keep Writing Your Truths
Perilous Times For The U.S. Military
2012 The Victor
2011 Forging Away At My Deadlines
2010 Try This With Your Shoes…

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In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.
    —    Christopher Morley
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On This Day In:
2021 Practically Worthless In Every Way
It Never Was
Frustrating Incentive
2020 You Too?
Six Degrees
2019 A Branching Stream
Day 9: One Day At A Time
2018 Pity The Nation (Part 2)
Day 1: Redux
2017 Good Blogs, Too
2016 My Prediction For #AmnestyDon
2015 Worth A Try
2014 I’m Feeling It
2013 May I Have A Little More, Please?
2012 Increasing Doubt
2011 You Can’t Touch This

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The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking.
     —     Christopher Morley
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On This Day In:
2013 Someone Else Believes
2012 The Practical Value of Science
2011 Seize Gladly The Difficult Task
A Constitutional Conversation
2010 The Fierce Urgency Of Now…

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