Saturday, May 29, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mr. Chesterton!

Today is the birthday of one of my favorite thinkers and writers, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, born in 1874. Not having time for a long exposition on what I love about him, this year at least I will have to be content with posting five of the many, many clever and telling quotes for which he is justly famous and very useful, too. At least four of them are from four different publications. Thank you, GKC, and I pray you are enjoying rest with the blessed.

Women have a thirst for order and beauty as for something physical; there is a strange female power of hating ugliness and waste as good men can only hate sin and bad men virtue.

Civilization has run on ahead of the soul of man, and is producing faster than he can think and give thanks. (1902)

My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.

Comforts that were rare among our forefathers are now multiplied in factories and handed out wholesale; and indeed, nobody nowadays, so long as he is content to go without air, space, quiet, decency and good manners, need be without anything whatever he wants; or at least a reasonably cheap imitation of it.  (1933)

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.


DebD said...

thank you for those quotes.

Anita said...

These are great quotes and have inspired me to read more about him.

margaret said...

Yet from our perspective, in terms of good manners at least, 1933 seems quite idllyic. I suppose it only goes to show how seriously dreadful things have become.

Beth said...

Wonderful quotes but the first may be my favorite. Also love knowing what the G.K. stands for. Peace and blessings to you.

Kari of Writing Up A Storm said...

Every time I open your blog, I love to read your quote by Chesterton about the things in his pockets and epic poems. It makes me smile every time. xo Kari