A blog dedicated to providing quotes by and posts relating to one of the most influential (and quotable!) authors of the twentieth century, G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936). If you do not know much about GKC, I suggest visiting the webpage of the American Chesterton Society as well as this wonderful Chesterton Facebook Page by a fellow Chestertonian

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."

-Heretics (1905)

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"The Speaker" Articles

A book I published containing 112 pieces Chesterton wrote for the newspaper "The Speaker" at the beginning of his career.

They are also available for free electronically on another blog of mine here, if you wish to read them that way.




Sunday, May 8, 2011

"The moment a thing has been...called impossible, something sporting in the soul of man...takes the bet and resolves to bring the thing about"

That is the blunder of the cynics when they say that idealists do not succeed. Idealists, consistent idealists, succeed much better than anybody else, because no man can be at ease in the presence of his own negelcted ideal. Men are always fidgeting and shifting a little nearer to the high seat where the fanatic sits. When once a man has been called an impracticable visionary, he is practically bound to be a success. The moment a thing has been definitely called impossible, something sporting in the soul of man immediately takes the bet and resolves to bring the thing about.

-June 29, 1912, Illustrated London News

[I remember coming across this quote, at least the part in the title, a while back on another Chesterton site, though at the moment I cannot remember which one so as to give credit, but...]

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