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.




Monday, July 11, 2011

"But when men come face to face with war they are a little more ready for war- and a little less fond of it."

DR. PAUL: What on earth is the matter?

THE COLONEL:The infernal dogs! The damned-

MR. DESMOND [springing]: What do you mean? [looks over his shoulder] "Outrage by Russians on the Dogger Bank. British fishing-smack sunk!" Why, great God, Bartram, it's war! This is horrible!

THE COLONEL: Why I thought, Desmond, that war was a delightful game and Donnybrook-

MR. DESMOND: Don't play the fool. This is serious. I suppose we can avoid war, but-

DR. PAUL: It looks frightfully bad. If they deliberately fired on an English boat, how can we-

THE COLONEL: I thought, Doctor, that war was a crime everywhere and always?

DR. PAUL [furiously]: Oh, this is serious, my man.

THE COLONEL: Yes, and that is more, I think, than your theories were. That war is always jolly is a nice little theory. That war is always wicked is a nice little theory. But when men come face to face with war they are a little more ready for war- and a little less fond of it.

-Time's Abstract and Brief Chronicle (1904-1905)

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