Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley has been a delightful read over the past several days. I was in need of a bit of “light” reading before bed and decided this book would work well. While a fun and enjoyable read, there were so many fabulous thoughts throughout the book. I imagine that this is one that I would find myself reading again.
“I think reading a good book makes one modest. When you see the marvelous insight into human nature which a truly great book shows, it is bound to make you feel small–like looking at the Big Dipper on a clear night, or seeing the winter sunrise when you go out to collect the morning eggs. And anything that makes you feel small is mighty good for you.”
“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.”
Oh the world that opens up to us when we have a book in hand. Not necessarily imaginary worlds but people, places, and events that are beyond our immediate selves. The realization that there is so much more to life than just what we see each day. God’s creation is a huge and beautiful thing and books allow us to see a great glimpse of that.
“That’s when a woman finds herself–when she’s in love. I don’t care if she is old or fat or homely or prosy. She feels that little flutter under her ribs and she drops from the tree like a ripe plum.”
“Oh, silly woman! Leave your stove, your pots and pans and chores, even if only for one day! Come out and see the sun in the sky and the river in the distance!”
These quotes above make me smile. Yes, I think I may have to read this one again.