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.




Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"...the fearful misprints that make nonsense and the far, far more fearful misprints that make sense."

[Sadly, something I've had to deal with more times than I wish to think about when blogging. lol]

Most journalists abound in jokes on the subject of misprints- the fearful misprints that make nonsense and the far, far more fearful misprints that make sense. For only those which are reasonable can really be ruinous. If the printer alters, 'He parted from Chloe with a final kiss,' and presents it as, 'He parted from Chloe with a final kilb,' nothing worse will result than a mild mystification- a sort of delicate mist into which the figures of the two loves will fade away. But if the printer takes the phrase, 'He parted from Chloe with a final kiss,' and turns it into 'He parted from Chloe with a final kick,' a distinctly different note will be struck in the whole romance; a definite but diverse shade of meaning will be conveyed to the reader, and yet one which his experience of the relations of the sexes may lead him to accept as intelligible and intentional. The reader may regard it as merely a touch of the new realistic method; slightly stark; just a trifle Neo-Primitive; but obviously an authentic tranche de la vie. But the original romantic writer, who really intended Chloe to be kissed and not kicked, will be distinctly annoyed.

-November 3, 1928, Illustrated London News

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