Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Quote of the Day (Christopher Morley, on 'Fall Fever')

“Fall fever is (in our case at any rate) more insidious than the familiar disease of spring. Spring fever impels us to get out in the country; to seize a knotted cudgel and a pouchful of tobacco and agitate our limbs over the landscape. But the drowsiness of autumn is a lethargy in the true sense of that word—a forgetfulness. A forgetfulness of past discontents and future joys; a forgetfulness of toil that is gone and leisure to come; a mere breathing existence in which one stands vacantly eyeing the human scene, living in a gentle simmer of the faculties like a boiling kettle when the gas is turned low.” —Christopher Morley, “Fall Fever,” in Pipefuls (1920)

(The photograph was taken at the creek near my house in Englewood, NJ.)

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