Alarms and Discursions (1911)
I also have created a list detailing examples of the influence of Chesterton if you are interested, that I work on from time to time.
(Moreover, for a list of short GKC quotes, I have created one here, citing the sources)
"...Stevenson had found that the secret of life lies in laughter and humility."
Friday, June 9, 2023
Sunday, May 7, 2023
-August 14, 1926, Illustrated London News
Friday, April 21, 2023
[I]magination is the signal of instinct. Journalism only tells us what men are doing; it is fiction that tells us what they are thinking, and still more what they are feeling...[A]ll fiction is only a diary of day-dreams instead of days. And this profound occupation of men's minds with certain things always eventually has an effect even on the external expression of the age.
-April 21, 1923, Illustrated London News
Sunday, April 16, 2023
Every kind of bureaucratic busybody has swarmed round the poor man's house until his whole authority in it has been hollowed out and eaten away. Children cannot treat parents as authorities whom authorities treat as slaves. The consequence is that nearly the whole normal business of looking after children has passed from the parent to the policeman.
-March 24 1923, Illustrated London News
Sunday, March 26, 2023
So, Fr. O'Conner's guidance and example as a real priest was the spark that became Chesterton's ficitional priest Father Brown, the hero of 53 mystery stories, as well as movies and television shows (the most recent of those was referenced by Bob Dylan as being "binge-worthy").Unfortunately, while I have not seen the "most recent" of the television shows (other than one episode), which is produced by the BBC, from what I have heard it is not faithful to the spirit of the original stories, whatever other merits it may have. That said, to the extent it encourages people to read the originals, it is to that extent good at least.
Sunday, March 19, 2023
-March 17, 1923, Illustrated London News
Monday, March 13, 2023
-March 2,1916, New Witness
Friday, November 25, 2022
-November 18, 1922, Illustrated London News
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
-The End of the Armistice
(collection of essays published posthumously in 1940)
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
-The Resurrection of Rome (1930)
Thursday, September 1, 2022
"...the miracle of humanity itself should be always more vivid to us than any marvels of power..."
Obviously, the character of Gilbert/Fiddler's Green is not literally GKC, but he was modeled on GKC (Neil Gaiman being an admirer of Chesterton).
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
My school texts like the Thomas Hardy we were forced to read were so dull. When I came across this Chesterton book at the age of around 17 then I realised books could be exciting and create colourful new worlds. I understood that books don’t have to be serious and filled with miserable heroes like Tess of the D’Urbervilles or the Mayor of Casterbridge. They can lead to a meeting with fantastical people. Chesterton made me a writer.