4:56am March 2, 2014

“We do not need a censorship of the press. We have a censorship by the press.”

— G. K. Chesterton - Orthodoxy (via gwyon)
11:00pm January 19, 2013

“Why do people think it intelligent to say, ‘I can see no difference!’ It is nowadays quite a mark of culture to say that one can see no difference between a man and a woman, or a man and an angel, or a man and an animal. If a man cannot see the difference between a horse and a cow across a large field, we do not call him cultured; we call him short-sighted. Now, there are really interesting differences between angels and women; nay, even between men and beasts, and all such things. They are differences which most people know instinctively, as most people know a cow is not a horse without looking for its mane; or most people know a horse is not a cow without looking for horns. Whether the difference ought to count in this or that important question is a completely different matter, but it ought not really to be so difficult simply to see the difference… [T]his is a strange epoch; and while, in some ways, we have quite dangerously encouraged the appetites, we have quite ruthlessly crushed the instincts.”

— G. K. Chesterton, Concerning those who “cannot see the difference” (1913)
7:48pm August 11, 2012

“The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense.”

— G.K. Chesterton in the Illustrated London News, September 7, 1929 (via gkchestertonquote)
7:47pm August 11, 2012


awful photos of the lovely woodcut illustrations in my copy of The Battle of the White Horse

9:12pm August 10, 2012

“[We read] the ‘Iliad’ […] because all life is a battle, the ‘Odyssey’ because all life is a journey, the Book of Job because all life is a riddle.”

— G. K. Chesterton (via ifthestarsweremine11)
3:53am August 5, 2012

“That Jones shall worship the god within him turns out ultimately to mean that Jones shall worship Jones. Let Jones worship the sun or moon, anything rather than the Inner Light; let Jones worship cats or crocodiles, if he can find any in his street, but not the god within. Christianity came into the world firstly in order to assert with violence that a man had not only to look inwards, but to look outwards, to behold with astonishment and enthusiasm a divine company and a divine captain. The only fun of being a Christian was that a man was not left alone with the Inner Light, but definitely recognized an outer light, fair as the sun, clear as the moon, terrible as an army with banners.”

— G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy. (via johnthelutheran)
10:19pm July 17, 2012

“I am going to hold a pistol to the head of the Modern Man. But I shall not use it to kill him – only to bring him to life.”

— G. K. Chesterton. Manalive. (1912)
2:40am May 8, 2012

“SUPPOSE that a great commotion arises in the street about something, let us say a lamp-post, which many influential persons desire to pull down. A grey-clad monk, who is the spirit of the Middle Ages, is approached upon the matter, and begins to say, in the arid manner of the Schoolmen, “Let us first of all consider, my brethren, the value of Light. If Light be in itself good —” At this point he is somewhat excusably knocked down. All the people make a rush for the lamp-post, the lamp-post is down in ten minutes, and they go about congratulating each other on their unmediaeval practicality. But as things go on they do not work out so easily. Some people have pulled the lamp-post down because they wanted the electric light; some because they wanted old iron; some because they wanted darkness, because their deeds were evil. Some thought it not enough of a lamp-post, some too much; some acted because they wanted to smash municipal machinery; some because they wanted to smash something. And there is war in the night, no man knowing whom he strikes. So, gradually and inevitably, to-day, to-morrow, or the next day, there comes back the conviction that the monk was right after all, and that all depends on what is the philosophy of Light. Only what we might have discussed under the gas-lamp, we now must discuss in the dark.”

— G. K. Chesterton
radical notions: A brilliant quote from one of my all-time favorite authors. I would encourage you all to read it and consider its meaning